Melchizedek Passages in the Bible: A Case Study for Inner-Biblical and Inter-Biblical Interpretation

Melchizedek Passages in the Bible: A Case Study for Inner-Biblical and Inter-Biblical Interpretation

by Chan Alan KamYau

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ISBN-13: 9783110440089
Publisher: Sciendo
Publication date: 04/25/2016
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alan Kamyau Chan, Logos Theological Seminary,Waukegan, IL, U.S.A.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

1 An Introduction to Inner-Biblical and Inter-Biblical Interpretation: With Special Reference to the Melchizedek Passages 1

1.1 A Survey of Relevant Literature 3

1.1.1 A Critique of de Kruijf's Article 4

1.2 Issues Regarding the OT and the NT Use of the OT 8

1.2.1 Issue 1: How a Text is Quoted 8

1.2.2 Issue 2: Hermeneutical Methodology Used by Biblical Writers 9

1.3 Towards Defining Inner- and Inter-Biblical Interpretation 11

2 The Issue of Methodology Regarding Inner- and Inter-Biblical Interpretation: Discourse Analysis (Text-Linguistics) 13

2.1 Methodology: Discourse Analysis 13

2.1.1 Discourse Analysis (Text-Linguistics) 14

2.2 One Major Issue Regarding Text-Linguistics 15

2.3 Applications of Text-Linguistics to Biblical Studies 18

3 The Issue of Methodology Regarding Inner-Biblical and Inter-Biblical Interpretation: Rhetorical Criticism 23

3.1 Methodology: Rhetorical Criticism 24

3.1.1 Rhetorical Criticism: Methodological Diversity 25

3.2 Issues of Rhetorical Criticism in Biblical Studies 27

3.3 An Adaptation of Rhetorical Criticism in Our Study 30

3.4 Concluding Remarks: The Use of Discourse Analysis (Text-Linguistics) and Rhetorical Criticism 31

3.5 The Limitations of Our Study 32

3.5.1 Selectivity in Analyzing Texts 32

3.5.2 Dating of the Texts 33

4 A Literary and Discourse Analysis of Genesis 14 34

4.1 Rhetorical Criticism of Genesis 14 34

4.1.1 Rhetorical Criticism: Determine the Rhetorical Unit 35

4.1.2 Rhetorical Criticism: An Examination of the Arrangement of Genesis 14 36

4.1.3 Rhetorical Criticism: Stylistic Use of Several Keywords 41

4.2 Discourse Analysis of Genesis 14 44

4.2.1 Discourse Analysis: A Syntagmatic Study of the Keyword 44

4.2.2 Discourse Analysis: A Syntagmatic Study of the Keyword 46

4.2.3 Discourse Analysis: A Syntagmatic Study of the Keyword 47

4.2.4 Discourse Analysis: A Syntagmatic Study of the Keywords 47

4.2.5 Discourse Analysis: A Syntagmatic Study of the Keyword 50

4.2.6 A Summary of the Rhetorical and Discourse Study and Its Implication for the Next Chapter 56

5 A Literary and Discourse Analysis of the Contexts of Genesis 14: Various Texts in Genesis and Numbers 22-24 58

5.1 Studies on the Cotexts of Genesis 14: Various Texts in Genesis Itself 59

5.1.1 The Literary-Thematic Relationship Between Genesis 13 and 14 59

5.1.2 The Literary-Thematic Relationship Between Genesis 14 and 15 61

5.1.3 Literary-Thematic Relationship Between Genesis 12 and 14 63

5.1.4 A Study of Genesis 12-15 as a "Unit" 64

5.1.5 A Study of the Relationship Between Genesis 12-15 and 17 65

5.1.6 A Study of the Relationship Between Genesis 12-15 and 22 69

5.1.7 A Study of Genesis 49, With Special Reference to vv. 8-12 in View of Genesis 12-15 69

5.2 A Study of Numbers 22-24 as a Cotext for Genesis 14 (12-15): Their Literary-Thematic Relationship 71

5.2.1 The Oracles of Balaam in Their Present Literary Context 72

5.2.2 A Survey of the Content of the Balaam Pericope 73

5.2.3 A Rhetorical Arrangement of the Four Oracles 74

5.2.4 A Syntagmatic Study of the Key Word 75

5.2.5 A Thematic Progression Of the Balaam Oracles 77

5.3 A Summary: The Literary-Thematic Relationships Between Genesis 14 (12-15) and Numbers 22-24 79

5.4 Concluding Remarks 80

6 A Literary and Discourse Analysis of the Contexts of Genesis 14: 2 Samuel 7 81

6.1 A Study of 2 Samuel 7 and Its Relationship to Genesis 14 (and Its Cotexts) 81

6.1.1 A Syntagmatic and Rhetorical Study of the Cotext of 2 Samuel 7, Particularly with 2 Samuel 6 83

6.1.2 A Rhetorical and Syntagmatic Study of 2 Samuel 7 86

6.1.3 A Study of the Oracle of Nathan 87

6.1.4 A Study of the Prayer of David 92

6.2 A Summary: An Examination of the Literary Relationships of Genesis 14, Numbers 22-24 and 2 Samuel 7 94

6.3 Conclusion: Our Study of Genesis 14 with Its Cotexts (Genesis 12-22, Numbers 22-24 and 2 Samuel 7) 96

7 A Literary and Discourse Analysis of Psalm 110 97

7.1 A Poetic and Rhetorical Study of Psalm 110 97

7.1.1 Textual Notes for Psalm 110 98

7.2 A Rhetorical-Poetical Analysis of Psalm 110 100

7.2.1 A Poetic Structure Analysis: Intra-Verse Connectives 100

7.2.2 A Poetic Structure Analysis: Inter-Verse Connectives 102

7.2.3 A Poetic Structure Analysis: The Structure of Two Strophes 103

7.2.4 A Rhetorical Structure of Psalm 110 104

7.2.5 A Poetic Study of Psalm 110: Word and Syllable Count 107

7.3 A Poetic-Rhetorical Reading of Psalm 110: Historical or Messianic? 108

7.3.1 His Rule: The Extent of Time and Location 109

7.3.2 His Rule: A Priestly Overtone 111

7.3.3 His Supernatural Birth 115

7.3.4 His Life of Human Nature 117

7.4 Conclusion 117

8 The Canonical Shape of the Psalter as Cotexts for Understanding Psalm 110: With Special Reference to Psalms 1-2 and Books I-IV 119

8.1 A Programmatic Understanding of Psalm 110: Psalms 1-2 as an Editorial Introduction to the Program of Understanding 119

8.1.1 A Programmatic Structure of the Psalter Shaped by Psalms 1 and 2 122

8.1.2 Psalms 1 and 2 Are One Theological Unit 123

8.1.3 Effect of the Rhetorical Structure of Psalm 1 124

8.1.4 The Effect of the Rhetorical Structure of Psalm 2 126

8.1.5 A Theological Interaction of Psalms 1-2: Shaping the Reading of the Psalter 128

8.2 A Study of Books I-II: With Special Reference to Psalm 72 in View of the Editorial Introduction of Psalms 1-2 133

8.3 A Study of Book III: With Special Reference to Psalm 89 in View of the Editorial Introduction of Psalms 1-2 136

8.4 A Study of Book IV in View of Books I-III and the Editorial Introduction of Psalms 1-2 138

9 The Canonical Shape of the Psalter as Cotexts for Understanding Psalm 110: A Study of Book V of the Psalter 142

9.1 A Theological Echo of Book V in the Torah-Revelation-to-Trusting the Messiah in the Psalter 142

9.1.1 In the Superscriptions and in the Texts of Book V Signifying a Similar Redactional Reading as Advanced by Psalms 1-2 144

9.1.2 The First Argument: The Transformation of the Songs of Ascents by the Presence of 145

9.1.3 The Second Argument: The Editorial Shape of Book V by the Presence of 146

9.1.4 The Third Argument: The Thematic-Semantic Links of the "Three" Davidic Collections in Book V 147

9.1.5 The Fourth Argument: The Presence of in Book V Having the Davidic Covenant as a Major Concern 148

9.2 Psalm 119 Signifying a Similar Redactional Reading Advanced by Psalms 1-2 149

9.3 An Investigation of the Editorial Shape of the Psalter: The Contribution of Psalms 1-2, Book V, Particularly with Psalm 132 to the Reading of Psalm 110 151

9.3.1 The Two Royal Psalms with Messianic References Serving as "Inclusio" for the Reading of the Psalter: A Study of Psalms 2 and 132 152

9.3.2 The Contribution of Psalms 2 to Our Understanding of Psalm 110 155

9.3.3 The Contribution of Book V, Spearheaded by Psalm 132, to the Reading of Psalm 110 156

9.3.4 The Motif as Frame in the Psalter Particularly in Light of Psalms 1-2 and the Songs of Ascents, Led by Psalm 132 157

9.4 A Summary: The Literary-Theological Relationships of Genesis 14 (with Its Cotexts) with 2 Samuel 7 and Psalm 110 159

10 A Literary and Structural Analysis of Hebrews 1-7: An Inter-Biblical Interpretation of Melchizedek 163

10.1 A Rhetorical Analysis of the Thematic Development in the Structure of Hebrews: The Use of the OT Scriptures as Clue 166

10.1.1 The Structure of Hebrews in Light of the OT Allusions and Citations in Hebrews 1 166

10.1.2 A Thematic Development of Hebrews in Light of the Rhetorical Structure, Cast by the OT Allusions and Citations in Hebrews 1 167

10.1.3 Son as an "Inclusion" in Hebrews 1 and 7: Its Rhetorical Effect on Hebrews 1-7 172

10.1.4 Citations and Allusions of Psalm 2 and 110 in Hebrews 1 and 7 as a Rhetorical Effect for the Son as the Overarching Theme 172

10.1.5 Rhetorical Effect of the Son in Hebrews 1-7: Answers to Some Possible Issues 174

10.1.5.1 Sonship: Overarching Thematic Notion in the Structure of Hebrews 1-7 175

10.1.5.2 Sonship: Overarching Thematic Notion, and the Rest of Hebrews (8-13) 176

11 A Discourse Analysis of Hebrews 1-7: Syntagmatic Use of the "Son" in Light of the Quotations and Allusions of Old Testament Scripture 179

11.1 A Syntagmatic Use of the Son, Carrying the Notion of High Priesthood in Hebrews 4:14-7:28, in Light of the OT References in Hebrews 180

11.2 An Interpretation of Hebrews 7, With Special Reference to Genesis 14 and Psalms 2 and 110 187

11.2.1 The Kingship Notion (Alongside the Priesthood Notion) in Hebrews 7:1-2 188

11.2.2 Heb 7:4-10 as an Explanation for the Motifs of Blessing and Tithes, Found in Genesis 14 189

11.2.3 Heb 7:4-10 as an Explanation for the Phrase "Without Father, Without Mother, Without Genealogy" 190

11.2.4 The Implication of a Change of Priesthood: A Change of Law as Explained in Hebrews 7:11-19 191

11.2.5 The Change of Priesthood Confirmed by the Divine Oath in Hebrews 7:20-22 193

11.2.6 The Priesthood of Melchizedek Continues Because the Son (of God) Lives Forever in Hebrews 7:23-25 193

11.2.7 A Summary of Our Finding in Hebrews 7 193

11.3 The Quotations and Allusions of the OT Shaping the Theme and Structure of Hebrews (1-7): A Summary 194

11.3.1 The Quotations and Allusions of the OT, Especially Psalms 2 and 110 with Genesis 14 and its Cotexts, Shaping the Structure of Hebrews (1-7) 195

11.3.2 The Quotations and Allusions of the OT, Especially Psalms 2 and 110 with Genesis 14 and its Cotexts, Shaping the Message or Theme of Hebrews (1-7) 196

11.3.3 The Quotations of and Allusions to the OT in Hebrews Shaping the Book Itself 198

11.4 Conclusion of the Study of Hebrews 1-7 200

12 Assessment and Conclusion 202

12.1 The Methodologies Applied to the Study of Inner-Biblical and Inter-Biblical Interpretation 202

12.2 Inter-Biblical Interpretation: The Issue of Hermeneutics as Illustrated by Hebrews 203

12.3 Inner-Biblical Interpretation: A Continued Discussion of the Issue of Hermeneutics 208

12.4 Some Final Remarks 209

Appendix 1 A Study of Issues Related do Inner-Biblical and Inter-Biblical Interpretation 211

Appendix 2 Genesis 14:18-20: An Insertion or Not 219

Appendix 3 Layout of the Masoretic Text of Genesis 14 221

Appendix 4 A Discourse Analysis of Gen 14:20b: Who Gave Tithe to Whom 224

Appendix 5 Three Texts Concerning Blessings: Genesis 48, 49 and Deuteronomy 33 225

Appendix 6 A Critique of Psalms 1 and 2 Not as One Unit 227

Appendix 7 A Rhetorical Analysis of Psalms 1 and 2 229

Bibliography 234

Author Index 257

Subject Index 262

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