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The Truth And Nothing But The Truth: Piety, Prophecy, And The Hermeneutics Of Suspicion In 1kings 22

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Biblical theology as a discipline is struggling with the question of its point of departure. Exegetical reading and theological interpretation of the story of 1 Kings 22 frequently is triggered by the question that arises from the reader's surprise about verse 20, where it is told that God is consulting his heavenly court on the question: can one deceive Ahab in order to destroy him, and if so, who is going to execute this task? This chapter explores the mutual relationship of exegetical method and the concept of biblical theology. It addresses the question of who is being analyzed or criticised: literary critical analysis and history of religion implies a test of the text; a reader oriented analysis of the texts' testimonies implies a test of its main character: God. The study of the text as discourse, however, implies a test of the post-modern authority of the reader.

Keywords: 1 Kings 22; biblical theology; literary critical analysis; post-modern authority



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