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Bibil Identifier bibil:211243
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Poetic Justice in Obadiah
Author Anderson, Bradford A.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 35, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 247-255 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The book of Obadiah has long been recognized for its message of lex talionis. This is not, however, simply a theme of this short book. Rather, the present article argues that the idea that Edom’s deeds will return upon its head is embedded in the language of the book itself. This ‘poetic justice’ occurs in a series of word plays and allusions that can be traced throughout Obadiah. The word plays juxtapose the identities and futures of Edom and Judah, and allude in various ways to Edom’s coming reckoning. A recognition of these dimensions of the Hebrew text may help the reader more fully appreciate the rhetorical force and literary artistry of this shortest of prophetic books.
DOI 10.1177/0309089210378961
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Twelve Minor Prophets : Obadiah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Law of Retaliation
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