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Amos 7:14: A Case of Subtle Irony
Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Theology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5541-4046
1996 (English)In: Tyndale Bulletin, ISSN 0082-7118, Vol. 47, no 1, p. 91-114Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Amos 7:14 is a key verse for the understanding of Israelite prophecy. Among the unresolved issues relating to this verse is the question whether the nominal clauses should be translated with a present or a past tense. Neither of these alternatives seems to have proved convincing, and therefore we should raise the more fundamental questions as to how the prophet is using language. It is argued that his statement only becomes intelligible when we acknowledge that he is using irony. Amos perceived an ideological gap between his grand vision of YHWH’s reign and the reality of his people’s situation, and was able to bridge this gap through his use of irony.

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1996. Vol. 47, no 1, p. 91-114
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Old Testament, Amos, Irony in the Bible, Minor Prophets, Prophets
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Religious Studies
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Biblical Studies, Old testament
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-397DOI: 10.53751/001c.30386OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-397DiVA, id: diva2:1386818
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