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By Ehud Ben Zvi

This examine of the e-book of Obadiah emerges relatively in actual fact from contemporary advancements in highbrow historical past and especially fresh theoretical mirrored image at the interpretation of texts. students comparable to Stanley Fish, Wolfgang Iser, and Umberto Eco concentrated serious recognition on “the function of the reader” (Eco’s time period) within the construction of the which means of texts. Postmodern sensibility, schooled through Jacques Derrida’s application of deconstruction, has fostered conventions of interpreting that imagine the indeterminacy of texts and enjoy textual ambiguities. Interpretive developments deriving severally from New feedback and Russian Formalism be aware of the classy constitution of the textual content instead of extra-textual components influencing its composition. Professor Ben Zvi brings jointly those advancements to shape a application of interpretation directed to the traditional ebook of Obadiah. the guts of Ben Zvi’s inspiration is to concentration serious recognition at the unique readers of the e-book.

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Hoffman (1976-77: 160-61). In the more precise terms of the chart presented in Excursus 1, the audience explicitly referred as "us" consists of the prophetic voice and A(dvp). The audiences named there The Recollection of an Audition 33 2 . 4 . 1 . 3 'n n«D and its role T h e expression X n«n o c c u r s m o r e than one hundred times in the O T / H B . H o w e v e r , the explicit use o f 'π ηκα to legitimize a prophetic s p e e c h that is presented to the audience o f the prophetic book as what the prophet (actually) heard (root rntii) is relatively u n c o m m o n .

Hosea, Jonah, Habaklcuk, Zephaniah). This distribution suggests the presence of particular tendencies characterizing each of these works. In Obadiah the prophetic messenger formula is found only in ν 1, but there, as it will be shown, its role is slightly different from the usual one. Of course, the messenger formula occurs not only in prophetic books, but also, for instance, in Exodus, the deuteronomistic history and Chronicles. See Hals (1989: 348). Cf. Wehrle (1987: 26-27), and the bibliography mentioned there.

T h e p r e s e n c e o f a third legitimizing expression in Obad 1 is understandable b e c a u s e o f the role o f the first verse in the construction o f a s c h e m e about what kind o f book is being read, and because o f the considerations mentioned in section 2 . 3 . 5 . " 2 . 4 . , b e y o n d Obad 1 and J e r 4 9 : 1 4 ) in Isa 1 8 : 2 ; 5 7 : 9 ; and Prov 1 3 : 1 7 ; 2 5 : 1 3 . In all but one o f these instances ( P r o v 1 3 : 1 7 ) it is associated with a word f r o m the root π*7ϊί.

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