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Introduction To Joel’S Use Of Scripture And The Scripture’S Use Of Joel: Method Of Interpretation

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This introductory chapter presents an overview of this book on Joel. The book aims to discern the function of scripture in the book of Joel, and the manner in which the prophecy’s Nachleben functions for various NT communities. The terms appropriation and resignification have been employed to describe this process. The book is well suited to some aspects of Kristevan intertextuality and Bakhtinian dialogism. It focuses on the intersection of textual surfaces, and interacts with Israel’s scriptural voices to discern their function. It is necessary to distinguish intertextuality from comparative midrash, since the former is an inherited term taken from the field of literary criticism. The book covers the entire book of Joel, and is not limited to the motif-complex of the Day of Yahweh. It focuses on its appropriation of precursor texts and traditions in ancient Israel.

Keywords: ancient Israel; Bakhtinian dialogism; book of Joel; comparative midrash; Kristevan intertextuality; Nachleben functions; scripture



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