Oracles against the Nations

Several of the prophetic books contain oracles addressed against foreign nations (there are series of such oracles against different nations in Is 13-23; Jer 46-51 and Ez 25-32), as Amos does in chapters 1 and 2. Although there is not one common pattern for these speeches - they are as varied as other oracles of judgment - the fact that they tend to be found together in one place, rather than dispersed through prophetic books, suggests that they were perceived as a distinct genre, and perhaps that their Sitz im Leben was to be spoken as collections at one time.

 

 


 

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