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Old Testament Essays

On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
Print version ISSN 1010-9919

Abstract

OLOJEDE, Funlola. What of the Night? Conceptions and Theology of Night in Isaiah and the Book of the Twelve. Old testam. essays [online]. 2018, vol.31, n.3, pp.719-736. ISSN 2312-3621.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2312-3621/2018/v31n3a18.

Even though a number of studies have probed the concept of time in the Hebrew Bible, very little has been said about night as a unit of time. This article investigates the conceptions and theology of night in Isaiah and in the Book of the Twelve (Minor Prophets). Whereas strong existential correspondence between day and night is found in Isaiah featuring both negative and positive associations with nocturnal activities, the concept of night is absent in parts of the Book of the Twelve. It is argued that the conceptions of night as depicted through the night-time activities and actors (which include God, prophets, watchers, the people of Israel, etcetera.) have implications for the theology and the worldviews expressed in these prophetic books.

Keywords : Night; Isaiah; Book of the Twelve; Day of YHWH.

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