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Bibil Identifier bibil:225194
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Mutual Recriminations: God and Israel in the Book of Malachi
Author Assis, Elie
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 26, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 212-219 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract From the time that Pfeiffer’s work on the structure of the Book of Malachi was published, scholars have divided the Book into six oracles that share a common question/answer format. Most scholars attempt to identi-fy the genre of the oracles and their sitz im leben according to this structure. However, scholars have overlooked one basic feature connected with this format in the Book of Malachi, a feature that has significant ramifications for the understanding of the book. Examining the content of the questions and answers, we discover that they fall into two different categories, one in which the prophet rebukes the people and the people attempt to justify their actions (in the second, third, and fifth oracles), and one in which the main accusation is made by the people against God, while God justifies Himself against the people’s accusations (in the first, fourth, and sixth oracles). Having made this distinction, we can understand more clearly the principle on which the whole book is based. The oracles of Malachi reflect a breach in the covenantal rela-tionship between God and the people that is expressed through mutual accu-sations. The prophet seeks to repair this breach through a message designed to renew and strengthen the people’s feeling that God is committed to the cove-nantal relationship with Israel.
DOI 10.1080/09018328.2012.730203
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Twelve Minor Prophets : Malachi
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Oracle
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Covenant
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