Congress Volume Edinburgh 1974 by John Emerton

By John Emerton

The 8th Congress of the foreign association for the research of the outdated testomony used to be held from 18 to 23 August 1974 less than the Presidency of the Rev.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 D., F.B.A., Professor of Hebrew and outdated testomony reports on the collage of Edinburgh.

The current quantity comprises the entire 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, used to be to seem in experiences in faith, IV.4 (1974-5).

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WOLFF, Miinchen 1971, pp. 57-63. THE PURPOSE OF THE BOOK OF ]ONAH 25 find quoted a saying that was current at this time: "The fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children's teeth are blunted" (Ezek. xviii 2; Jer. xxxi 29). It is essentially a saying of despair, pointing to the people's sufferings as an inevitable fate from which they cannot escape. In Ezekiel xviii we have a long and discursive argument by the prophet aimed at showing that the reasoning behind such a saying was false, and that God had no desire that the wicked should die.

We have talked of two opposite melodic forms with diacritical value to distinguish question from answer. It is a grammatical, syntactical fact. " But irony can color a whole literary work or a main section of a work; for instance, Judith's irony regarding Holofernes and the author's irony regarding some of his characters is a constitutive element for the meaning of the work. He who does not perceive it, will falsify the meaning in some cases, and miss half of it in others. One of the principal tasks of the exegete should be to analyze and expound this formal quality and its function in the work; this is not usually done.

On the contrary, the interest is entirely taken up with Jonah's own reactions to what has happened and its meaning for his work as a prophet. The Ninevites and their king appear only as vague and unreal figures participating in the story as little more than shadows. Moreover in the all-important concluding remark by God, which asserts the sovereign freedom of his mercy, the description of the Ninevites can only be described as derogatory: "they do not know their right hand from their left" (Jon.

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