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The Prayer For The Restoration Of The Israelite Kingdom In The Book Of Micah – Literary Analysis And The Historical Background

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A considerable portion of The book of Micah speaks of chastisement and the threat of calamities to befall Israel. This chapter concentrates on an analysis of vv. 14-17, first discussing its literary genre, then its components and structure, and its overall meaning in the light of the historical knowledge. The prayer has two central components, with two requests: (a) that the Lord restore Israel to its former standing and renew its days as of old, (b) that the Lord will cause the nations to arrive at an awareness of His majesty. These two components are accompanied by a short flashback that recalls the Lord's wonders in the past as reason and catalyst for the requested action in the near future, and as an allusion to God's commitment to "His very own flock. The conquest and the consequent Assyrian pressure led the prophet to express the longings contained in his prayer.

Keywords: God; Israel; literary genre; The book of Micah



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