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HTS Theological Studies

versión On-line ISSN 2072-8050
versión impresa ISSN 0259-9422


WESSELS, Wilhelm J.. Prophetic sensing of Yahweh's word. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2015, vol.71, n.3, pp.1-9. ISSN 2072-8050.

This article focuses on Jeremiah 23:18, which implies that the prophet stood in the council of Yahweh (sod) to see and hear the word of Yahweh. In this verse, it seems that the senses of the prophet played a role in receiving Yahweh's words. Verse 18 forms part of 23:16-22 in which Jeremiah warned the people of Judah not to listen to prophets who mislead them with optimistic messages. In this article, attention is given to the question whether standing in the council of Yahweh is a deciding criterion for receiving true words from Yahweh. The motif of the divine council is also investigated. An argument is presented that 'sensing' should be understood in the double sense of the word, namely sensory experience as well as the intellectual activity of understanding. It is argued that both meanings of the word sensing are necessary to determine the truth of Yahweh's word.

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