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IOSOT 2022

YHWH, a God Who Speaks: Remarks on the Rhetoric of Direct Speeches of God in Biblical Narratives

Martin Prudký (Prague)


The lecture will deal with communicative functions of direct speech units in biblical narratives (mainly in the book of Genesis), focusing on those in which YHWH/God himself is speaking. The use of direct speech units will be analyzed and shown to be an effective tool which enables the narrator to shape his storytelling and to address his hearers/readers using specific modes of communication. Furthermore, the impact of this strategy of presenting God as speaking figure will be evaluated in respect to biblical theology.