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Haggai 2: 1-9

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This chapter begins with an introductory formula in 2: 1- 2 with the following structure: the date, in the order year-month-day; the Word-Event Formula; the names of the addressees. Following this introductory formula, the pericope's dramatic conflict is introduced in vv. 2-3. As in 1:2, this conflict is expressed by means of the people's opinions and thoughts. In contrast to 1:2, where the conflict is introduced by citing the people's words, here the prophet, at Yahweh's request, addresses a series of three rhetorical questions to the people. The text uses a variety of widely known theological traditions for specific rhetorical purposes. Religious traditions affirm the continuity between the present and the past, and hope for the future. Various traditions, sometimes of disparate origins are mixed together, harmonized, and systematized. Traditions are selectively reformulated, highlighting certain aspects and minimizing others, in light of broader rhetorical and redactional goals.

Keywords: Haggai 2: 1-9; pericope's dramatic conflict; redactional goals; religious traditions; theological traditions; Word-Event Formula; Yahweh's request



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