Reading Scripture in the Old Testament: Deuteronomy 9-10, 31, 2 Kings 22-23, Jeremiah 36, Nehemiah 8

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Chapter 3

Controversial Statements Jeremiah 36

Von dem biblischen Aspekt aus ist das, was wir Geschichte
zu nennen gewohnt sind, nur die Auβenseite der Wirk-
lichkeit. Sie ist das groβe Versagen, nicht das Versa-
gen im Dialog, wie wir es von biblischen Menschen her
kennen sondern das sich dem Dialog Versagen, das in
den Dialog nicht Eintreten dieses Sich-Versagen ist sank-
tioniert in der groβartigen Sanktionsform der sogenann-
ten Weltgeschichte Der biblische Aspekt verwirft diese
Flächenwirklichkeit immer gewaltiger am gewaltiasten in
der Prophetie; er verkündigt daβ der Weg der wirkliche
Weg von der Schöpfung zum Reich nicht auf der Fläche
der Erfolge sondern in der Tiefe der Erfolglosigkeit gegan-
gen wird Das wirkliche Werk vom biblischen Aspekt aus
ist das spätverzeichnete das unverzeichnete das anonyme
Werk. Es wird im Schatten, im Köcher getan
.

Martin Buber, 'Biblisches Führertum', in: Werke, Bd. 2,
München 1964, 915–6.

Although king Josiah is the central figure of the story in 2 Kgs 22–23, the key role has been reserved for a book,1 and it is the function this book serves in the story that prompts the reader to start comparing this text with other texts from the Hebrew Bible. If we take 2 Kgs 22–23 as the point from which we look at the other books of the Hebrew Bible, we first note that this passage has been linked up 'backwards' with Deuteronomy. As we have seen, the book found by Hilkiah and read by Shaphan to Josiah points to the words that, according to Deuteronomy, Moses spoke and wrote down, and by extension to the book of Deuteronomy itself. Similarly, there are also 'forward' references In each of the books of the three great prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel and also in Zechariah we find passages in which words being written down, or having been written down, play an important part.

1 N. Lohfink, 'Das Deuteronomium: Jahwegesetz oder Mosegesetz? Die
Subjektzuordnung bei Wörtern für [Gesetz] im Dtn und in der dtr Literatur',
in: Studien zum Deuteronomium und zur deuteronomistischen Literatur, Bd.
3 (SBAB, 20), Stuttgart 1995, 162, remarks that the book is mentioned in
2 Kgs 22–23 so often '… daβ er fast zum Hauptakteur der ganzen Erzählung
wird'.

-95-

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