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Interpreting Quoted Speech in Prophetic Literature: A Study of Jeremiah 2.1Ė3.5
Hildebrandt, Samuel

Leiden: Brill, 2017 pp. xiv + 241. $112.00

Series Information
Supplements to Vetus Testamentum, 176


Description: In Interpreting Quoted Speech, Samuel Hildebrandt analyzes the literary phenomenon of one speaker quoting the words of another speaker within prophetic discourse. Challenging approaches that categorize these speech quotations and use them as direct windows into Israelís past, Hildebrandt makes a compelling case for reading quoted speech in its literary context. He presents a substantial method for such an interpretive approach, demonstrates its value in a detailed analysis of Jeremiah 2.1-3.5, and highlights the significance of quoted phrases in Jeremiah and other prophetic texts. Interpreting Quoted Speech marks an important contribution to the exploration of Jeremiahís discourse and polyphony and, due to its accessible methodology and exegesis, offers a model for further research in prophetic literature.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Jeremiah, Literature

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Review by J. Michael Thigpen
Published 2/5/2019
Citation: J. Michael Thigpen, review of Samuel Hildebrandt, Interpreting Quoted Speech in Prophetic Literature: A Study of Jeremiah 2.1Ė3.5, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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