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Another Look at the Oracles about the Nations in the Hebrew Bible. A Response to A. C. Hagedorn

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A. C. Hagedorn has suggested that the oracles about the nations in the Hebrew Bible are similar to the Greek manteia. He regards both as primarily political. The context of both is war. In the Greek world there is a close attachment of the person of the prophet/seer to his oracular speech. These speeches may be unsolicited and the prophet may be regarded as mad. This article suggests that the comparison is not valid for a number of reasons, and in particular because the Greek oracles were uttered by individuals on particular occasions whereas the Hebrew oracles are part of a structured whole, liturgical in nature and rooted in the cult.

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