The God of Thunder and War in Micah, Habakkuk, and Zechariah
Banister, Jamie A.
Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2018 pp. xv + 194. $57.00
Gorgias Biblical Studies, 68
Description: This volume explores storm-/warrior-god motif as found in non-biblical ANE texts, followed by an analysis of the language and imagery in several noteworthy theophanic passages in the Hebrew Bible. These characteristics and vocabulary are used in later chapters to identify and analyze similar motifs in the Twelve Prophets, especially focusing on Mic 7:7-20; Habakkuk 3; and Zech 9:9-16 as test cases. By tracing the use of the storm-/warrior-god motif and language associated with it, a detectable shift is apparent in the use of the motif in the HB that corresponds with the development of monotheism within Ancient Israelite religion.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Book of the Twelve, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Literary Approaches, Micah, Habakkuk, Zephaniah
Review by Bob Becking
Citation: Bob Becking, review of Jamie A. Banister, The God of Thunder and War in Micah, Habakkuk, and Zechariah, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).
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