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The Facts of Life before God and the Prophetic Peculiarity.: Three Illness Narratives of the  Hebrew Bible
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7334-1269
2017 (English)In: Diegesis, E-ISSN 2195-2116, no 6, p. 32-51Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) is a canonical text for many including its portrayals of illness. This article explores the narrative representation of illness in three longer narratives in the Hebrew Bible by means of a close reading. The narratives are all legends of some sort and involve terminal or impossible illnesses and the prophet. In 2 Kings 4 the story revolves around illness as an enigma and involves the motifs of hospitality, responsibility, and empowerment in an ever expanding plot. In 2 Kings 5 leprosy as an incurable disease stands at the center and the story develops through several contrasting motifs including greatness, simplicity, and humility. In 2 Kings 20/Isaiah 38 illness is a death warrant leading to bitterness, and the story probes the necessity and honesty of prayer. Two common traits in the narratives are prayer and argument as a response to illness, and the status of the prophet as a health care consultant.

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2017. no 6, p. 32-51
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Biblical Studies, Old testament
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-750OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-750DiVA, id: diva2:1380743
Available from: 2019-12-19 Created: 2019-12-19 Last updated: 2019-12-19

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