By Ehud Ben Zvi
This research of the booklet of Obadiah emerges rather basically from contemporary advancements in highbrow historical past and especially contemporary theoretical mirrored image at the interpretation of texts. students comparable to Stanley Fish, Wolfgang Iser, and Umberto Eco concentrated serious realization on “the position of the reader” (Eco’s time period) within the creation of the that means of texts. Postmodern sensibility, schooled via Jacques Derrida’s application of deconstruction, has fostered conventions of analyzing that think the indeterminacy of texts and enjoy textual ambiguities. Interpretive tendencies deriving severally from New feedback and Russian Formalism be aware of the classy 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 consciousness at the unique readers of the publication.
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16-17). To be more precise, it is not only that prepositions do not show a strong m o n o s e m y which is, of course, true in biblical Hebrew and in most languages-but that the case is that the expression b ιών may communicate to (or activate in) tne (re]readers a certain range of meanings. When ancient or modern, (re)readers make/made a mental representation of what is going on the text, they tend/ed to narrow the meaning/s of a 21 The Prophetic Messenger Formula ( c ) T h e p l a c e o f t h e ( p r o p h e t i c ) m e s s e n g e r f o r m u l a i n t h e b o o k is c e r t a i n l y u n e x p e c t e d , b e c a u s e it d o e s n o t p r e c e d e d i v i n e d i r e c t s p e e c h , as is u s u a l l y t h e case.
In Obadiah, is phrased in such a way that repetitive sounds dominate and contribute to the shaping of the communicative message of this text, hence, at least from this perspective, ψ^ΰ is a much more suitable alternative than vbs, as a consideration of the vowels of nnn'pa'? , "a production, a product, made in order to be copied, to be circulated,"117 to be read by a certain public. Modern research on reading point to "the text as setting forth a succession of explicit and implicit mental representations of scenes or schemes .
The Prophetic Messenger Formula 23 influenced the word choices made by those who composed prophetic books, to (b) a variety of acceptable sequential orders of the books included in the Twelve, arises only because of the hypothesis that there was an ingrained order in the first place. Significantly, there is no independent evidence supporting this hypothesis. 54 The present investigation pointed to several necessary and ad hoc hypotheses that are required by the proposal that 'n ' ñ » was written into the Book of Obadiah because it was written beforehand in Am 9:8a.
A Historical-Critical Study of the Book of Obadiah by Ehud Ben Zvi