Prophetic Messages by Festivals: Rhetorical Ideologies in Prophetic Texts
This analysis seeks to establish a topos of festivals by examining ideologies in prophetic rhetoric. A brief summary of recent discussions regarding cultic references within prophetic texts is provided. The dynamics of the relationships between festivals and expressions of communication between divine and human participants is explored for cultic rituals and prophetic messages. Subsequently a method for establishing a topos is presented along with an illustration of the method for texts from Mari. Each section begins with establishing the themes as well as primary and secondary indicators of festivals within the prophetic texts. The prophetic messages in Hosea and Ugaritic texts are paired to examine ideologies of fruitfulness. The prophetic messages in Amos and Assyrian texts are connected for discerning ideologies of security. The prophetic messages in Micah and Babylonian texts are linked by exploring ideologies of elevation. Locations of continuities and discontinuities are summarized along with areas that would potentially benefit from the method.
The main assertion is that the observances, disruptions, and restorations of festivals impact the ideological concerns in the prophetic texts. The observances of festivals provide illumination into the ideological concerns of the characters. Those concerns become exasperated when disruptions are caused by human or divine characters. The disruptions also produce polarized rhetoric both positively and negatively regarding cultic rituals of the festival participants. The rhetorical comments that are critical of cultic rituals also present cultic rituals as the ideal expressions of restorations. In observances, disruptions, and restorations, the festivals remain a hermeneutical lens for discerning and evaluating the ideologies within the rhetoric.
PHD in Theology
Prophets, Hosea, Amos, Micah, Fasts and feasts in the Bible, Ritual, Cults
Missions and World Christianity
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