Old Testament Essays
On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
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BOSMAN, Hendrik. From "divination" to "revelation"? A post exilic theological perspective on the relationship between law and prophets in the Old Testament. Old testam. essays [online]. 2014, vol.27, n.2, pp.377-394. ISSN 2312-3621.
Recent research on the formation of the canon of the OT suggests that it is crucial to understand how theological presuppositions concerning divine revelation linked to Moses made the Torah to be authoritative for subsequent traditions of revelation such as the prophets. The early post exilic redefinition of the prophet (Deut 18:15-22) is linked to the introductory rejection of a comprehensive list of divinatory practices (Deut 18:9-14). Diverging depictions of Balaam as diviner and soothsayer are briefly discussed to illustrate the development from an appreciated diviner of divine will (Num 22-24) to a detestable soothsayer who cursed the people of God (Deut 23 & Josh 13 & 24). Finally, some thought is given to how the development from "divination" to "revelation" influenced the process of canon formation in the period after the Babylonian exile.