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Introduction to the Exegesis of Haggai

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This chapter is not an exhaustive exegesis of Haggai but rather a reading of the text with reference to the prophetic role and the social context of early Persian Yehud. Rather than writing a full commentary on Haggai, the chapter explores focused exegesis directed particularly to the issues within the text. Each pericope of the chapter are analyzed in four sections: translation and textual criticism; structural and literary considerations; exegesis; and use of theological traditions. Texts may have existed, but my primary interest lies in the particularities and distinctive configuration of the traditions present in Haggai. Significant theological developments include the work of the Chronicler, the Ezra and Nehemiah corpus and the literature relative to the worship at the Second Temple. Early Persian Yehud was a highly distinctive and novel context. The chapter presents an analysis of the rhetorical and hermeneutical strategies in Haggai.

Keywords: early Persian Yehud; exegesis of Haggai; hermeneutical strategies; literary considerations; prophetic role; structural considerations; textual criticism; theological traditions; translation criticism; Yahweh



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