Oracles as Artefacts : The Material Aspect of Prophecy

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Nissinen , M 2019 , Oracles as Artefacts : The Material Aspect of Prophecy . in S Anthonioz , A Mouton & D Petit (eds) , When Gods Speak to Men : Divine Speech according to Textual Sources in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin . Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis , vol. 289 , Peeters , Leuven , pp. 49–64 .

Title: Oracles as Artefacts : The Material Aspect of Prophecy
Author: Nissinen, Martti
Other contributor: Anthonioz, Stéphanie
Mouton, Alice
Petit, Daniel
Contributor organization: Centre of Excellence Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions (CSTT)
Biblical Studies
Publisher: Peeters
Date: 2019
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: When Gods Speak to Men
Belongs to series: Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis
ISBN: 978-90-429-4132-8
ISSN: 1015-1850
Abstract: The written object is the primary context of every text, and the study of the material object may disclose things that the literary form of the text is unable to reveal, such as the social preconditions of the transmission of the text, the social status and function of a prophetic message, reasons why it was once written down, and the use and afterlife of a prophetic oracle as the object of interpretation, sometimes even as a visible monument. This is demonstrated with the help of four examples: an oracle collection from Nineveh; the Deir Alla inscription; the compilation of inscriptions from the Phrygian Hierapolis; and the scrolls containing “biblical” texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls. Main attention is paid to the artefacts, their context and probable function. Each source exemplifies a different kind of interplay between the text, the artefact, and social agency.
Subject: 614 Theology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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