By Ehud Ben Zvi
This examine of the publication of Obadiah emerges fairly essentially from contemporary advancements in highbrow background and especially fresh theoretical mirrored image at the interpretation of texts. students akin to Stanley Fish, Wolfgang Iser, and Umberto Eco concentrated severe recognition on “the function of the reader” (Eco’s time period) within the construction of the that means of texts. Postmodern sensibility, schooled via Jacques Derrida’s application of deconstruction, has fostered conventions of interpreting that suppose the indeterminacy of texts and luxuriate in textual ambiguities. Interpretive developments deriving severally from New feedback and Russian Formalism pay attention to the cultured constitution of the textual content instead of extra-textual elements influencing its composition. Professor Ben Zvi brings jointly those advancements to shape a software of interpretation directed to the traditional booklet of Obadiah. the guts of Ben Zvi’s concept is to concentration severe awareness at the unique readers of the publication.
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OMaa "psi and 'n ηκη naiQffi should be considered the primary meaning of the text, and which should be relegated to a possible connoted message. » D'i» Tsi 'π ηκη uratì nirap cl* bl al c b a π«»» and D'D? , the envoy represents the message. After all the messenger is sent for the sake of the message; the arrival of the messenger is as the arrival of the message, cf. LXX 104 ). The series of contrasts between the two nominal forms are clear: (a) simple (one word) / multiword expression; (b) feminine / masculine noun; (c) abstract / concrete; and (d) at least at some level, explicit / represented meaning.
Cf. 5. , Rudolph (1931: 223); Brockington (1973: 446). Others such as Wolff (1986: 33) ana Dick (1984: 8) reject this position, at least partially, because of lectio difficilior. See also Keller (1965: 253). », but there it refers to Bozrah. " He also maintains that its presence in Obad 2 suggests that the text in Obadiah is dependent on the one present in Jeremiah, and strongly weakens the position that the text in Jeremiah relied on the one in Obadiah. See Nogalski (1993a: o3). ) is explainable in the Obadiah passage see below.
Again, the point is not that it is impossible that a later editor expanded the text, but that one should not multiply hypotheses without necessity, and here there is no necessity of assuming the work of a glossator. Against the background of the previous discussions, this disambiguation shows that both (lasting) indeterminacy and easily resolved ambiguity (to the point of a practical, clear determinacy) are literary devices at the service of the shaping of the text and its message. Both were available to the writer/s of the text, and were used according to the matter.
A Historical-Critical Study of the Book of Obadiah by Ehud Ben Zvi