A thin piercing lament: the call of God to Elijah in/to/for community

Monro, Anita (2014). A thin piercing lament: the call of God to Elijah in/to/for community. In Christopher C. Walker (Ed.), Witness the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ: papers in honour of Dean Drayton (pp. 162-172) Unley, SA, Australia: MediaCom Education.

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Author Monro, Anita
Title of chapter A thin piercing lament: the call of God to Elijah in/to/for community
Title of book Witness the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ: papers in honour of Dean Drayton
Place of Publication Unley, SA, Australia
Publisher MediaCom Education
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781921945304
Editor Christopher C. Walker
Chapter number 11
Start page 162
End page 172
Total pages 11
Total chapters 13
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Familiar readings of the story in 1 Kings 19 have Elijah finding God not in wind, earthquake or fire, but in the sound of sheer silence or a still small voice. ...the nuances of the Hebrew words often translated as meaning a soft voice or even silence, and the opaqueness of their actual meaning opens up an alternative...

This paper explores a possible alternative interpretation for the Hebrew phrase הָּֽקַד הָ֥מָמְּד לֹו֖ק (qôl damāmāh daqqāh) translated in English variously as " a still small voice" (KJV, NKJV, ERV), "a sound of sheer silence" (NRSV), "a gentle whisper" (NIV, TNIV), "a sound of gentle blowing" (NASV), "a faint murmuring" sound" (REB) , "the sound of a gentle breeze" (JB) , "a gentle breeze (CEV), "the sound of a low whisper" (ESV), "a sound, a thin silence" (ESV footnote) or similar. The alternative interpretation offers not another English phrase, but a cluster of images which adhere to the Hebrew phrase, making most extant English translations austere in their limited communication of that complexity. The story of Elijah on Mount Horeb is then placed in its narrative geneology as a prophetic commissioning tale. Both the narrative structure of the story and the morphology of the Hebrew phrase are explored in order to suggest a different reading of the story for the contemporary missionary church.
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Additional Notes Also known as "Witness the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ: Festschrift in Honour of Dean Drayton".

 
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