Zechariah and His Visions: An Exegetical Study of Zechariah’s Vision Report

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Abstract

This study investigates the exegetical consequences of interpreting Zechariah’s vision report (Zechariah 1:8-6:8) as reflecting the seer’s visionary experience. Although the claim that Zechariah saw visions must always remain a hypothesis, this book aims to show that this hypothesis is reasonable and helps to shed light upon exegetical matters which otherwise would remain opaque. This study sets out to do three things. First, it discusses the key exegetical problems in Zechariah 1:8-6:8. These discussions do not only ask which reading is most plausible in view of its literary context and textual transmission, etc. but also which reading is most probable from a visual perspective. Second, it pays avid attention to the ways in which Zechariah’s vision report describes the transmission of the divine message to the prophet, with focus on the interplay between image and speech in the divine communication. Third, it explores the literary structure of Zechariah’s vision report. It argues that, in seeking to convey Zechariah’s experiences to his readers, the text depicts a three-tiered reality.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherT. & T. Clark
Number of pages256
Volume605
ISBN (Print)978-0567658555
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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NameLHBOTS

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Keywords

  • Old Testament
  • Hebrew Bible
  • Zechariah
  • exegesis
  • biblical interpretation
  • dreams
  • vision
  • vision report
  • Ancient Near East

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