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Bibil Identifier bibil:226997
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) And the Word Became Prophet
Author de Bruyn, Jacobus
Journal Old Testament Essays (Volume: 26, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 70-85 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract When scribes and priests in the post-exilic period of Israel’s history started to write down or to compile the word of God, a process was initiated whereby prophecy was no longer transmitted orally, but through texts. This was part of the first steps for the written word to “become prophet.”
However, during this process, it was not just the text that exerted prophetic power, but also the interpreter. This meant that althoughthe post-exilic Jewish community had a text-centred orientation, theilliterate were dependent on the literate interpretations of the texts.This brought a new dilemma for the listener: which interpretationwould be more accurate than others? This dilemma can also beexpressed in terms of the authority of the text versus the authority of the interpreter. By writing down the word of God, the seeds were sown by which the authority of texts was also undermined. The problem is that no text can on its own act as prophet without the aid of an interpreter.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Orality/Writing
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Prophets
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Themes : Scribe
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets
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