The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

The Irrevocable Word of God (1 Kings 13:1–32)

The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

Pauline A. Viviano [+-]
Loyola University Chicago
Pauline A. Viviano is an Associate Professor Emerita of Theology at Loyola University Chicago where she taught for thirty-five years. She holds a Masters in Philosophy and a doctorate in Biblical Languages and Literature from St. Louis University. Besides articles in academic and popular journals, she has written popular commentaries on the Books of Genesis in the Collegeville Bible Commentary series (1984) and more recently on the Books of Jeremiah and Baruch for the New Collegeville Commentary series (2013) and a commentary on the Book of Joshua for the Paulist Press Biblical Commentary (2018).

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The story of the man of God and the old prophet in 1 Kings 13 has been analyzed using various methods of interpretation. Some scholars have been concerned to determine the source or sources of the story; others have focused on its placement in the book of Kings or its function in the Deuteronomistic History as a whole. These approaches have enriched our knowledge of the story, but debate continues, especially regarding the point of the story. Is it a moral lesson drawn from the consequences of obedience and disobedience to the word of God? Does the story give the reader a way to distinguish true and false prophecy? Is the authority of the prophet its main concern? Is its point to say something of significance about the nature of the word of God? This essay will enter into the debate surrounding the point of the story employing a literary analysis of the structure of the narrative and its dialogue to determine the central message of the story.

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Viviano, Pauline . The Irrevocable Word of God (1 Kings 13:1–32). The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 126-136 Jun 2022. ISBN 9781800500228. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41639. Date accessed: 07 Aug 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41639. Jun 2022

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