By Ehud Ben Zvi
Famous historical-critical student Ehud Ben Zvi analyzes each verse of the e-book of Zephaniah, reconstructing the historic context of its composition, settling on its authorship, and contemplating how its unique viewers could have interpreted its message.
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This almostridiculousexample points to the necessity of a careful grammaticalreading,of a careful textual and linguistic analysis of the expressions in the text, and of a careful consideration of the pattern of their occurrence, before beginning the analysis of the communicative significance of the text. In other words, the notes are an indispensable step before the commentary. 1. 4 1 2 3 4 Other types of prophetic superscriptions are: (a) the "words of X, who . . , Isa 13:1 15:1, 17:1, 19:1, 21:1,11,13, 23:1, 30:6; Nah 1:1a, Hab 1:1; Zech 9:1, 12:1; Mal 1:1).
Although there are some features common to several OAN sections, each prophetic book has its own list of nations, and its own emphasis on some of them. , the historical situation in the days of Josiah, or (b) in terms of the author's/ redactor's image of the days of Josiah. Therefore, the extent of correspondence (or discrepancy) between these prophecies and the historical situation in the days of Josiah should be analyzed. If the historical situation does not fit the one described in the prophecies then it probably reflects an "historical" image.
Cf. P. Smith: 225-230, Taylor: 1009, Edler: 54-56,67-69, 92, Krinetzki: 108-117 (he also provides a comparative analysis of the language of these verses), Pfeiffer: 601. , ca. 602 BCE. For Hyatt these announcements are among the main evidences for dating Zephaniah in the days of Jehoiakim (cf. Edens). It is noteworthy that Abrabanel (as well as Rashi, Radak) understood these oracles as grounded on the deeds of Moab and Amnion after the destruction of the Temple. He had no exegetical problem with such understanding because he considers Zephaniah's prophecy, or better the word of God, as directed to a future known to the deity.