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Malachi’s Metaphorical Divorce: Reading Marital Faithlessness as Cult Criticism with a Little Help from Blending Theory
University College Stockholm, Department of Religious Studies and Theology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4683-3302
2023 (English)In: Metaphors in the Prophetic Literature of the Hebrew Bible and Beyond / [ed] David Davage, Mikael Larsson, Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, Paderborn: Brill Schöningh , 2023, p. 116-137Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Malachi 2:10-16 is a notoriously difficult passage to translate, and interpretations are wide apart. Does it refer to divorce, uncommonly using covenant language for marriage? Who, then, is the daughter of a foreign god? And why speak of divine seed or offspring of the god(s)? What does the suggested mourning concern? Who has hated what and why is it wrong? In this article I will argue that marital faithlessness is used as a metaphor for Asherah worship and that blending theory might help us better disentangle and understand the seemingly messy mix of images.

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Paderborn: Brill Schöningh , 2023. p. 116-137
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Journal of Ancient Judaism Supplements, ISSN 2198-1361, E-ISSN 2197-0092 ; 36
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Religious Studies
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Biblical Studies, Old testament
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-2151DOI: 10.30965/9783657793969_007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-2151DiVA, id: diva2:1829380
Available from: 2024-01-18 Created: 2024-01-18 Last updated: 2024-01-23Bibliographically approved

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