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Bibil Identifier bibil:208656
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Structure and Meaning of the Locust Plague Oracles in Joel 1,2–2,17
Author Assis, Elie
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 401-416 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article discusses the structure and meaning of the oracles in Joel 1,2–2,17 that deal with the locust plague and its disastrous effects. It is proposed that the text is divided into 4 oracles that are designed according to one principal format, and combined together in a rhetorical structure in which each one is more revealing than the one preceding it. The structure of the oracles, which shows a progression from one to the next, demonstrates the main purpose of the oracles, which is to bring the people to pray to God for the removal of the plague. A prayer of this sort appears in the fourth oracle (2,17). This purpose exposes the problem the prophet faced: the people's general abstention from prayer. This refraining from prayer is typical of the exilic period, when the people thought that they had been abandoned by God and so there was no possibility of appealing to Him. Joel seeks to instill in the people the notion that the option of prayer does exist and is efficacious even in the times of darkness and despair through which the people are going.
DOI 10.1515/ZAW.2010.028
Pericopes Joel 1,2-2,17
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