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Combat Myths and Divine Actions: Prayers and Prophecies of Divine Might

MICHAEL FISHBANE

in Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780198267331
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602078 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198267339.003.0003
 Combat Myths and Divine Actions: Prayers and Prophecies of Divine Might

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The psalms and prophecies where God’s victory over primordial sea monsters is recalled or invoked are characterized by situations of suffering or distress. Speakers recall to God His own past acts of power and salvation to induce their repetition in the present. It is argued that the standpoint of the speaker, and the urgency of the appeal are crucial for appreciating how each recitation or reference to the combat myth renews its actuality and truth in the present. Focus is given to matters of genre and form, as well as language and imagery to facilitate a comparative analysis of texts.

Keywords: God; psalms; combat myths; divine actions; prayers; prophecies; mythic power; divine combat with the sea

Chapter.  11699 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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