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Zechariah and His Visions: An Exegetical Study of Zechariah's Vision Report
Tiemeyer, Lena-Sofia

London/New York: Bloomsbury, 2015 pp. xvii + 305. $120.00

Series Information
The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 605



Description: Did Zechariah really see visions? This question cannot be definitely answered, so the idea must remain a hypothesis. Here, Tiemeyer shows that this hypothesis is nonetheless reasonable and instrumental in shedding light on matters in Zechariah's vision report that are otherwise unclear. Tracking through each verse of the text, the key exegetical problems are covered, including the topics of the distinction between visions and dreams, dream classification, conflicting sources of evidence for dream experiences, and rhetorical imagery as opposed to dream experience. Further attention is focused on the transmission of the divine message to Zechariah, with the key question raised of whether a visual or oral impression is described. Tiemeyer's study further demonstrates that Zech 1-6 depicts a three-tier reality. This description seeks to convey the seer's visionary experience to his readers. In a trance state, Zechariah communicates with the Interpreting Angel, while also receiving glimpses of a deeper reality known as the 'visionary world.'

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Book of the Twelve, Literature, Methods, Other Methods, Zechariah

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Review by Albert M. Wolters
Published 7/28/2016
Citation: Albert M. Wolters, review of Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, Zechariah and His Visions: An Exegetical Study of Zechariah's Vision Report, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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