Witnessing a Prophetic Text in the Making: The Literary, Textual and Linguistic Development of Jeremiah 10:1-16

Witnessing a Prophetic Text in the Making: The Literary, Textual and Linguistic Development of Jeremiah 10:1-16

by Noam Mizrahi

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Overview

The book of Jeremiah poses a challenge to biblical scholarship in terms of its literary composition and textual fluidity. This study offers an innovative approach to the problem by focusing on an instructive case study. Building on the critical recognition that the prophecy contained in Jer 10:1-16 is a composite text, this study systematically discusses the various literary strands discernible in the prophecy: satirical depictions of idolatry, an Aramaic citation, and hymnic passages. A chapter is devoted to each strand, revealing its compositional development-from the earliest recoverable stages down to its late reception. A range of pertinent evidence-culled from the literary, text-critical, and linguistic realms-is examined and sets within broader perspectives, with an eye open to cultural history and the development of theological outlook.The investigation of a particular text has important implications for the textual and compositional history of Jeremiah as a whole. Rather than settling for the common opinion that Jeremiah developed in two main stages, reflected in the MT and LXX respectively, a nuanced supplementary model is advocated, which better accords with the complexity of the available evidence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783110645590
Publisher: de Gruyter
Publication date: 07/08/2019
Series: Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift F�r die Alttestamentliche Wissensch , #502
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 853,903
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Noam Mizrahi, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

§1 Prolusion 1

§2 Demarcation 2

§3 Preliminaries 4

§4 Complicating factors 10

§4.1 Literary structure 11

§4.2 Compositional analysis 12

§4.3 Parallel within Jeremiah 14

§4.4 Paralles in Deutero-lsaiah 18

§5 Overview of this study 20

§6 Caveat 23

Chapter 1 From cult to polemic (Jer 10:2-5, 8-9, 14-16) 25

§1 Prolulsion 26

§2 Layout of Structural Constituents 28

§2.1 The first Passage 29

§2.2 The Second Passage 32

§2.3 Internal logic of the descriptive Passages 34

§2.4 Fragmentation 37

§3 Stylistic Profiles 38

§4 Subsequent development 42

§5 The Cultic Source 46

§5.1 The negative clauses 47

§5.2 Origin and provenance of the cultic source 59

§6 Another echo of the cultic source 62

§7 The concluding passage (v.16) 68

§8 Conclusion 71

Chapter 2 From wisdom to hymn (Jer 10:12-13) 73

§1 Prolusion 73

§2 Textual evidence 74

§3 Untying vv.12-13 76

§4 V. 12 and its background 79

§5 V. 13 and its background 86

§6 The combination of vv. 12-13 91

§7 Parallel sources 97

§7.1 Ps 135:7 97

§7.2 Hymn to the creator 99

§7.3 Epistle of Jeremiah 59-62 103

§8 The integration of vv. 12-13 into Jer 10:1-16 106

§9 Conclusion 109

Chapter 3 Language and identity (Jer 10:11) 111

§1 Prolusion 111

§2 Literary Structure 112

§3 Provenance and original function 116

§3.1 Language Shift 116

§3.2 Non-Yahwistic theology 118

§3.3 Political implications 119

§3.4 Linguistic traits 120

§3.5 Theological terminology 122

§3.6 Echoes of religious reform? 124

§4 Function within the prophetic unit 126

§5 The language shift and the Aramaic versions 129

§5.1 Targum Jonathan 131

§5.2 Peshitta 140

§6 Conclusion 146

Chapter 4 From nature to history (Jer 10:10) 149

§1 Prolusion 149

§2 Form 151

§3 Content 156

§4 Textuall development 158

§5 Conclusion 164

Chapter 5 An orison of incomparability (Jer 10:6-7) 165

§1 Prolusion 165

§2 Form and content 166

§3 Paralles 173

§3.1 David's prayer (2 Sam 7:22) 173

§3.2 Solomon's prayer (1 Kgs 8:23 + 27) 179

§3.3 Hymnic addition to individual lament (Ps 86:8-10) 183

§4 From the Shared liturgical tradition to the given orison 187

§5 Function in context 194

§6 Conclusion 197

Synthesis and conclusions 199

Bibliography 205

Index of sources 221

Index of authors 233

Index of words and phrases 239

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