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Bibil Identifier bibil:214732
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) When Interpretation Traditions Speak too Loud for Ethical Dilemmas to be Heard: On the Untimely Death of Haran (Genesis 11:28)
Author Retief, C. Wynand
Journal Old Testament Essays (Volume: 23, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 788-803 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The author argues that the majority of modern day translations of Genesis 11:28a, reading "Haran died in the lifetime of Terah, his father" (or wording to that effect) missed the intention of the narrator's actual words "Haran died in the face of (in confrontation with) Terah, his falher." His working hypothesis, concluding the exegesis of the text, is that the narrator faced the ethical dilemma of having the task to fell a positive story about the origins of Israel while knowing the dark side which he, as an honest witness, could not negate, and consequently alluded to. This "small voice" of the author/narrator can easily he silenced and is consequently not picked up by strong translation traditions, as indeed happened in this case.
Pericopes Genesis 11,28
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