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Joel’S Use Of Scripture In 2:18-27: Yahweh’S Gracious Response To Judah’S Lamentation

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The second half of the book of Joel contains Yahweh’s gracious acceptance of the nation’s perceived repentance, with two distinct oracles of salvation. The prophet’s speech abruptly ends at 2:17, and is followed by a lengthy Yahweh speech. There is no actual reference made to the response of Joel’s message by his contemporaries. This chapter examines the voice of the super addressee intertextually. It focuses on the function of scripture in the Jahwerede, according to the hermeneutics of constituency. This deals specifically with Yahweh’s covenantal support, and acts of salvation on behalf of Judah and the land. Yahweh’s anticipated answer to Judah’s pleas for forgiveness reverses the effects of natural disasters, in accordance with the appended notation of Yahweh’s willingness to repent from doing harm. It promises a glorious restoration of the natural order and bountiful supply of food. Hence, the people come to know Yahweh’s name and abiding presence (2:27).

Keywords: book of Joel; Jahwerede; Judah; prophet; scripture; Yahweh

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