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Havilah Dharamraj - A Prophet Like Moses?

A Prophet Like Moses? by Havilah Dharamraj

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Genre: Christian Teaching
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 104612
Product Format: Book
ISBN: 9781842275337
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 230
Publisher: Paternoster Press
Cat. Code: 9781842275337
Release Date: 11 Apr 2011

Since rabbinic times, the resonance between the Moses stories and the Elijah stories has been regularly noted. Taking into account that Deut. 18:18 promises Israel a ‘prophet like Moses’, this resonance compels an evaluation of Elijah, holding Moses as the benchmark. Here, scholarship struggles with a paradox. At Horeb Elijah fails in the critical prophetic task of intercession. Yet, his service as prophet is affirmed beyond doubt in his iconic whirlwind-and-chariots-of-fire exit. How are these to be reconciled? Is Elijah a prophet of Mosaic fibre or not?

This work offers a strikingly different approach to the Elijah stories. Dharamraj employs the narrative critical method to offer a close reading of the text—a reading that is singular in its sensitivity to the inner-biblical exegesis mediated by the Moses parallels. Such an approach opens up intriguing possibilities in interpretation. Here, her analysis of the dramatic and difficult discourse of the earthquake-wind-fire- ‘still, small voice’ theophany at Horeb is notable. So also, is the case she carefully builds for whether Elijah emerges as the hoped-for ‘prophet like Moses’.














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