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Disputed Temple [electronic resource] : A Rhetorical Analysis of the Book of Haggai / John Robert Barker, OFM.

Barker, John Robert (Biblical scholar), (author.). Project Muse, (distributor.). Project Muse. (Added Author).
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Subject: Haggai (Biblical prophet)
Bible. Haggai > Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Rhetoric in the Bible.
Genre: Electronic books.
Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781506438429
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF (xvii, 295 pages).)
  • Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2018

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General Note: Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Boston College, 2016.
Issued as part of book collections on Project MUSE.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-288) and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note: 1. Introduction to the rhetorical analysis of Haggai -- 2. Text-critical analysis, composition of narrative, and notes on translation -- 3. Objections and obstacles to reconstruction of the temple -- 4. Rhetorical analysis of Haggai 1 -- 5. Rhetorical analysis of Haggai 2 -- 6. Summary of findings.
Restrictions on Access Note: Access restricted to authorized users and institutions.
Summary: The prophet Haggai advocated for the rebuilding of the temple, destroyed by Babylon, in the tumultuous period of reconstruction under Persian dominion; so much is evident from a surface reading of the book. John Robert Barker goes further, using rhetorical criticism of the prophet's arguments to tease out the probable attitudes and anxieties among the Yehudite community that saw rebuilding as both undesirable and unfeasible. While some in the community accepted the prophet's claim that YHWH wanted the temple built, others feared that adverse agricultural and economic conditions, as well as the lack of a royal builder, were clear signs that YHWH did not approve or authorize the effort. Haggai's counterarguments-that YHWH would provide for the temple's adornment, would bring prosperity to Yehud once the temple was built, and had designated the Davidide Zerubbabel as the chosen royal builder-are combined with his vilification of opponents as unclean and non-Israelite. Barker's study thus allows Haggai to shed further light on the socioeconomic conditions of early Persian-period Yehud.
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