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Bibil Identifier bibil:220046
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) "My Word is Like Fire": The Consuming Power of YHWH's Word
Author Wessels, Wilhelm J.
Journal Old Testament Essays (Volume: 24, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 492-510 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The concept "Word of YHWH" is an important one to many of the prophets of the Old Testament. It is no different in the Book of Jeremiah. Two particular instances in Jeremiah are of interest for the purpose of this article. The first instance is in one of the laments of Jeremiah in 20:9 and the other in Jeremiah 23:29. The author/authors of the two passages in Jeremiah bridge the divide between the two domains: the divine and the natural, by using a metaphor in which the "Word of YHWH" and the image of "fire" are juxtaposed. The metaphor under discussion here therefore serves the purpose of creating a better understanding of the power of YHWH's word as it impacted both the life of the prophet Jeremiah, and the lives of the people who should hear these words (cf. 20:9). In 23:29 the same metaphor has the function of expressing the power of YHWH's word to destroy deceitful words to safeguard the true prophetic word.
Pericopes Jeremiah 20,7-20,13
Jeremiah 23,25-23,32
Terms נְאֻם נאם
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