By Mike Butterworth
This man made examine has fundamental initiatives. the 1st is to clarify the constitution of the ebook of Zechariah. yet to be able to do that, a passable approach to research has to be chanced on. hence the writer starts off by means of drawing up compatible literary standards that may support to border a competent approach of continuing. the strategy is then confirmed at the ebook of Zechariah, and the implications are in comparison with these of alternative biblical scholarship. even supposing it is a examine in 'rhetorical feedback' it methods the textual content from the perspective of the authors' and redactors' intentions. the result's a resounding and wide-ranging research of a few of the and intricate structural styles of Zechariah.
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46-47 Holladay had written: It is clear that there is much secondary material within chapter 3, and it is difficult to avoid circular reasoning as we attempt to locate the material here that participates in any basic structure, and to discern that structure. We must proceed with care. I think it is clear, even from this very brief critique, that he has not proceeded with nearly enough care. Holladay's book is a stimulating study, which I have enjoyed reading. He shows himself to be aware of many of the dangers of subjectivity, and the need for safeguards, but he proceeds as if unaware of what he has said.
1-33 and 34-66 contain 642 verses each. Using the old fashioned way of doing addition, the tens and units columns of the sum of the verses in each chapter are also equal! I do not know whether this is coincidence or not—if I did it would prove something. 56 Structure and the Book ofZechariah 3. This impressive looking structure has been produced by ignoring other words which occur twice or more. For example 'Hezekiah' occurs in vv. 4 and 9, and if anything ought to be significant for the structure, this would surely be one of the most obvious candidates.
2. Lundbom, Jeremiah, pp. 1-2. 3. Lundbom, Jeremiah, pp. 2-16. 1. 18 »nHS» Drnn. 5. 1. 14-18 is the last of Jeremiah's recorded 'confessions' which, 'in its position here, serves as an inclusio to round off the confessions'. Not all his examples are as attractive as these. 22b form an inclusio for the core of the 'Book of Consolation', chs. 22b). 22. 5b rather than v. 6. 10. Perhaps it is a subsidiary inclusio, but if so, it cuts across the one discovered by Lundbom. 5, and note that there we also find the verb rri which is used parallel to Tin in 1 Sam.