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By George W. Savran

A research of the literary dynamics of the divine-human stumble upon as mirrored in biblical narrative. An exam of the literary and theological dynamics of the divine-human stumble upon as mirrored in theophany narratives within the Hebrew Bible. the purpose of departure for this research is a type-scene research which unearths a typical constitution to theophany narratives. starting with the separation of the protagonist from human society, the textual content strikes to a visible and verbal revelation via the Deity, and documents a number human reactions to the event. all the texts concludes with an outline of a extra externalized response, which marks the sporting over of the adventure right into a better societal framework. The research develops the underlying structural and contentual similarity between texts that have frequently been understood as belonging to diverse literary genres. The dialogue bargains a nuanced remedy of the diversity of literary recommendations hired through the narrative for addressing those components. as well as an in depth research of every of the above parts of the type-scene, there's dialogue of concerns resembling the assumption of the deadly nature of the come upon and intertextual kinfolk among the narratives. this is often quantity 420 of the magazine for the examine of the outdated testomony complement sequence.

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Samuel's status as "U» would be further support for this reading).

In those days the word of (B) YHWH was rare; Prophecy was not widespread. (C) Two issues are taken up in 1 Sam. 1: the relationship between Eli, Samuel and YHWH, and the dearth of prophecy at this time. The independence of the three clauses allows for a variety of interpretations of the relationship between these two ideas. On the one hand, the relationship of clauses (A) and (B) could be taken as causative. 45 Eli is the cause of the scarcity of prophecy, and Samuel's challenge in the story will be to liberate himself from Eli's noxious influence.

The Deuteronomic reworking of the Sinai traditions extends the experience beyond the immediate moment into the future, to become a model for the continuing process of revelation by YHWH to Israel by means of Moses ('Would that they always had a heart to fear me' - Deut. 29). If, in Exod. 20, the purpose of the theophany is to put the fear of YHWH into the hearts of the people then and there, in Deut. 72 While these four motifs are the building blocks of the theophany typescene, it should be clear that not every narrative develops each of them in equal fashion.

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