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A prophet in king’s clothes: Kingly and divine re-presentation in 2 Kings 4 and 51

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By means of an exploration of 2 Kings 4-5, this chapter shows that in the presentation of Elisha, one can observe a 'prophet', functioning as much more than a prophet. The argument set forth is that it is Elisha's kingly and divine re-presentation that makes the Elisha Cycle much more than a 'foreign intrusion' in the books of Kings. The healing of Naaman and the cursing of Gehazi exemplify the bringing of life and death by Elisha. Naaman's conversion to Yahwism 'is intended as a deliberate foil to the general faithlessness of the Israelites and their kings in that age'.

Keywords: divine re-presentation; Elisha; Gehazi; Naaman; prophet



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