Document Type

Book Chapter

Abstract

‘Remnant’ is one of the significant motifs in the Minor Prophets. This essay will examine the remnant motif in Amos, Micah and Zephaniah, seeking to find out the commonality of this concept between these three pre-exilic books. In order to facilitate this study, finding the remnant terminology helps us locate the remnant passages. In Amos the term תיראשׁ is used with reference to Israel, i.e. the ‘remnant of Joseph’ (Amos 5.15). It also refers to other peoples, like the remnant of the Philistines (Amos 1.8) and Edomites (Amos 9.12). The term תיראשׁ is used five times in Micah (Mic. 2.12; 4.7; 5.6, 7 [7, 8]; 7.18) and another term רתי ‘the rest/remainder/remnant’ appears once in Mic. 5.2 [5.3]. In Zephaniah, the term ראשׁ1.4), which is translated as ‘remnant’ in many English versions, does not refer to the same concept of remnant as the rest of the book, but rather ‘the last vestige of Baal’ (NAB translation).

Department

Seminary

Department(s)

Seminary

First Page

130

Last Page

148

Publication Date

2011

DOI

10.5040/9781472550224.ch-008

Disciplines

Biblical Studies | Religion

ISBN

9780567642752

Comments

Print publication: “Remnant Motif in Amos, Micah and Zephaniah.” Pages 130-48 in A God of Faithfulness: Essays in Honour of J. Gordon McConville on His 60th Birthday, edited by J.A. Grant, A. Lo, and G.J. Wenham. LHBOTS 538. New York: T. & T. Clark, 2011.

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