Yahweh Versus Baalism: A Theological Reading of the Gideon-Abimelech Narrative - Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement S. No. 329 (Paperback)Wolfgang Bluedorn (author)
Paperback 342 Pages / Published: 01/12/2001
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Using a literary-theological approach, argues that the Gideon-Abimelech narrative is a single theological narrative demonstrating Yahweh's supreme power over the Canaanite gods. The author uses a literary-theological approach to argue that the main theme of the combined Gideon-Abimelech narrative is a theological one, where the narrator demonstrates Yahweh's supreme power and contrasts it with the absence of Baal, the representative of foreign gods. While the Gideon narrative focuses on Yahweh and the illustration of his power and contrasts it with Gideon's limited capacities, the Abimelech narrative demonstrates Baal's absence, Baalism's disastrous potential, and Yahweh's continued control over the events. Hence Gideon's victory over the Midianites and Abimelech's kingship serve only as the tangible instruments by which a single abstract theological theme becomes narratable.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 342
Weight: 644 g
Dimensions: 234 x 160 x 27 mm
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