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Scriptural ExegesisThe Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane$
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Deborah A. Green and Laura S. Lieber

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206575

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.001.0001

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Calling God names: an inner‐biblical approach to the Tetragrammaton

Calling God names: an inner‐biblical approach to the Tetragrammaton

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(p.74) 5 Calling God names: an inner‐biblical approach to the Tetragrammaton
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Scriptural Exegesis
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William M. Schniedewind

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.003.0006

This chapter explores holistically a question that touches on Fishbane's interest in mythopoesis as well as inner-biblical interpretation, and the cultural roles of both endeavors. It investigates the Tetragrammaton's enigmatic etymology in Exod 3:15 and 6:3, its meaning and use, and the ways the meaning of this divine name may have changed with the loss of the First Temple and its eventual re-establishment. The careful analysis of this single key concept offers insight into the much larger issues surrounding communal redefinition.

Keywords:   Michael Fishbane, mythopoesis, biblical interpretation, Exodus, communal redefinition

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