Friday, September 23, 2016

Rituals are minimal...

Persuasive agency is the only kind of human agency found in Texts 5-15. As we have seen, the biblical speech is presented as meaningful in context, non-prescribed, and conforming to the specific situation of the speaker. Gestures and manual rites are minimal or absent. In 1 Chr 21:26 (cf. 2 Sam 24:25) David demonstrates ritual agency only after the apotropaic intercessory speech has been received—and uses an ad hoc ritual prescribed for this particular occasion only, without direct discourse. All of these features present agency in addressing the divine as similar to agency in addressing powerful human superiors.—Forestalling Doom page 233

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