By Aquinas St. Thomas
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McKenzie and S. R. Haynes (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1999) 156–180, for discussion of this issue. Introduction 19 such cases, a full understanding of the social, political, and economic functions of the text must be considered alongside its theological, ideological, or historiographical perspective. In short, the interpreter must ask what the text is designed to accomplish. As a result of the application of these methodological perspectives to the study of the literature identified above, I argue that biblical literature—including the Deuteronomistic History; the book of Deuteronomy; and the prophetic books of Jeremiah, Zephaniah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Isaiah, Amos, Hosea, and Micah—indeed points to the historical reality of Josiah’s reform as a program that was designed to unify Israel and Judah around the Jerusalem Temple under Davidic rule.
John Barton, Reading the Old Testament: Method in Biblical Study (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1996) 56–58. 42. See esp. Phyllis Trible, Rhetorical Criticism: Context, Method, and the Book of Jonah (GBS; Minneapolis: Fortress, 1994), and Patricia Tull, “Rhetorical Criticism,” in To Each Its Own Meaning: Revised and Enlarged Edition, ed. S. L. McKenzie and S. R. Haynes (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1999) 156–180, for discussion of this issue. Introduction 19 such cases, a full understanding of the social, political, and economic functions of the text must be considered alongside its theological, ideological, or historiographical perspective.
Finally, I argue that prophetic literature was employed to carry out various aspects of the reform. Earlier traditions of Isaiah, Amos, and Micah were designed to portray Israel’s downfall as an act of YHWH and show that Israel and Judah could be reunited under Davidic rule once the problems of both nations were addressed. Traditions of Jeremiah and Hosea were designed to convince the people of the former northern kingdom to return to Jerusalem and the House of David. Zephaniah was designed to call for the reform of religious and political practice in Judah in order to rally support for Josiah.
El Sentido De La Historia by Aquinas St. Thomas