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Bibil Identifier bibil:208655
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Three's a Crowd in Shunem: Elisha's Misconduct with the Shunamite Reflects a Polemic against Prophetism
Author Hepner, Gershon
Journal Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (Volume: 122, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 387-400 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The links between the story of Elisha and the Shunammite (II Reg 4,8–37) and the conception and birth of Isaac (Gen 18,1–15; 21,1–3; 22,1–19) suggest that the Elisha narrative contains a hidden polemic against prophetism. The narrator implies that Elisha takes initiatives that Abraham leaves to Yhwh, fathering the Shunammite's child in an attic that parodies the tabernacle, contrasting with Abraham, who leaves the conception of Isaac to Yhwh. The birth of the Shunammite's son follows the paradigm of threefold breeding permitted to a slave in Ex 21,7–11. Elisha's conduct with the Shunammite echoes that which the Israelites suspect Moses of having committed after the Sinai theophany, and that of David with another Shunammite in I Reg 1,1–4. The data suggest that the Deuteronomistic Historian is as opposed to prophets as to the Davidic dynasty.
DOI 10.1515/ZAW.2010.027
Pericopes 2 Kings 4,8-4,37
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