Old Testament Essays
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WEBER, Beat. Gottesrede in "Asaph-Texten". Old testam. essays [online]. 2012, vol.25, n.3, pp.737-760. ISSN 2312-3621.
The monograph by Schniedewind, "Word of God in Transition," compares the books of Samuel and Kings with Chronicles and proposes that the office of Prophet was changed into that of Exegete in the Second Temple Period. This article tests the hypothesis using "Asaph-texts" found in the Psalter and Chronicles. Four corpora of texts are demarcated: Asaph-psalms; "deutero-Asaphite " psalms in the group Pss 90-106*, and sections of Ezra-Nehemiah and Chronicles. The divine oracles are investigated in terms of their extent, quality, and nature and pronouncements on prophecy are also included. The result is that an Asaphite continuum of prophetic speech is identified which could not have existed without the involvement of a circle of trandents over a long time. At the same time it becomes clear how the divine oracles were transformed into genuine cultic prophecy over time, and from that to prophetic exegesis of Scripture. Schniedewind's thesis was thus both confirmed and substantiated by increasing the scope of the investigation.