Congress Volume Edinburgh 1974 by John Emerton

By John Emerton

The 8th Congress of the overseas association for the examine of the outdated testomony was once held from 18 to 23 August 1974 less than the Presidency of the Rev. G. W. Anderson, D.D., Theol. D., F.B.A., Professor of Hebrew and outdated testomony reports on the college of Edinburgh.

The current quantity comprises all of the papers that have been learn via invitation other than Professor E. G. Clarke's on 'Jacob's dream at Bethel as interpreted within the Targums and the hot Testament', which, it had already been prepared, was once to seem in reports in faith, IV.4 (1974-5).

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Wahrheit und Methode. Hondbtlch der literarischen Rhelorik, Miinchen 1960, II, p. 223. G. GADAMER, LAUSBERG, A LITERARY STUDY OF THE BIBLE 9 With regard to ]AKOBSON, whom we mentioned above, it is enough to read his article to see that his interest for the form brings him to discoveries of meaning; naturally, understanding by meaning the total communication of language and not just the denotative or referential function. b) The separation of the study of the OT as a collection of literary works and as a collection of religious texts, that is to say, the distinction between the study of form and of content, although it has theoretical value, is not fully realizable in practice.

H. ROWLEY, The Missionary Message of the Old Testament, London 1945, p. 69, "The author of the book of Jonah believed that God was the God of all men, and the faith of Israel to be shared by all". 17 THE PURPOSE OF THE BOOK OF ]ONAH measures introduced by Nehemiah and Ezra. At this time the Jerusalem community was beset with problems about retaining its religious identity which led to decisive measures to separate the Jewish community from aliens. The result was that a very noticeable separatist tendency entered into J udaism with consequences which appear very intolerant of non-Jews.

9 The text itself, however, cannot support NOTH'S conjecture. The tradition history behind the text may not have given Moses a role in this battle. But this narrative moves to the other extreme. 110reover, one cannot assume from the assistance Aaron and Hur give to Moses that Moses was never the central figure. A central figure in OT tradition, particularly a warrior in the field, commonly has a companion who serves him, an armorbearer (cf. 1 Sam. xiv 6-15; xxxi 1-7). But the armorbearer does not eclipse the role of his master.

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