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The Demarcation Of Hymns And Prayers In The Prophets (1)

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In several recent studies the function of poems inserted in a narrative prose context has received special attention. Well-known examples of such inserted poems are the hymns and prayers in narrative prophetic contexts. Because most prophetic literature is written in poetic form, it is more difficult to identify hymns and prayers in the Latter Prophets. This chapter goal is to identify hymns and prayers in the prophetic literature and to try to establish their function in their wider literary context. It investigates briefly if combinations of hymns and prayers with prophecy are attested elsewhere in the ancient Near East. The chapter reviews a number of possible cases of hymns and prayers in the Latter Prophets. It presents evidence with regard to the question whether such hymns and prayers were recognised as units already in antiquity. The chapter discusses the relation between the hymn or prayer and its immediate context.

Keywords: ancient Near East; Prayers; prophetic literature

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