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1. Miller, David Jay. Characterisations of YHWH in the song of the vineyard : a multitextural interpretation of Isaiah 5:1-7 .

Degree: 2013, University of South Africa

The Song of the Vineyard, Isaiah 5:1-7, portrays YHWH as a vinedresser who has carefully prepared land and planted a choice vine, a symbol of the people whom the deity has chosen. When the reasonable expectation that the vine produce good fruit is thwarted, the vinedresser destroys the vineyard. YHWH, the vinedresser, may seem to be characterised by these actions as a demanding god who will swiftly and harshly recompense any failure to meet expectations. This thesis poses the hypothesis that although this brief song may at first seemingly present a monochromatic characterisation of YHWH, it may actually present a spectrum of characterisations when viewed through multiple interpretive lenses. Socio-rhetorical criticism is the methodology used to examine this hypothesis. This methodology, developed by Vernon K. Robbins, encompasses diverse interpretive approaches, examining five aspects, or “textures,” of the text to obtain a broad interpretive spectrum. In this thesis, three of the textures, innertexture, intertexture, and socio-cultural texture, are considered in separate chapters. The chapter on innertexture examines the world of the text itself, in particular its progressive nature and emotive content. The next chapter examines the intertextural relationship between this Isaian song and two other ancient songs (The Song of the Reed Sea and the Song of Moses), associative references to Sodom, and parallels with the Song of Solomon. The chapter on the socio-cultural texture examines the portrayal of YHWH in light of the socio-economics and socio-cultural values of the world of the story, eighth century B.C.E. Judah. Through this interpretive lense, YHWH is seen as a patron or benefactor who has been dishonoured by his people. In socio-rhetorical criticism, ideology is often presented as a separate texture; in this thesis, it is considered as part of the act of interpretation of all textures, since readers’ ideologies interact with the text. The sacred texture, the last of Robbins’ proposed textures, is presented as the conclusion, with a summary of the spectrum of characterisations of YHWH that the multi-lensed interpretive approach uncovers. The conclusion also includes suggested implications of these finds for the community of faith. Advisors/Committee Members: Snyman, Gert Floris (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Prophetic writings; Isaiah; Song of the Vineyard; Eighth Century Judea; Textures of texts; Socio-rhetorical criticism; Biblical interpretation; Intertextuality; Sociology of ancient Israel; Oral poetry in biblical writings

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APA (6th Edition):

Miller, D. J. (2013). Characterisations of YHWH in the song of the vineyard : a multitextural interpretation of Isaiah 5:1-7 . (Doctoral Dissertation). University of South Africa. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10500/10146

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Miller, David Jay. “Characterisations of YHWH in the song of the vineyard : a multitextural interpretation of Isaiah 5:1-7 .” 2013. Doctoral Dissertation, University of South Africa. Accessed January 19, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/10500/10146.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Miller, David Jay. “Characterisations of YHWH in the song of the vineyard : a multitextural interpretation of Isaiah 5:1-7 .” 2013. Web. 19 Jan 2020.

Vancouver:

Miller DJ. Characterisations of YHWH in the song of the vineyard : a multitextural interpretation of Isaiah 5:1-7 . [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of South Africa; 2013. [cited 2020 Jan 19]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/10146.

Council of Science Editors:

Miller DJ. Characterisations of YHWH in the song of the vineyard : a multitextural interpretation of Isaiah 5:1-7 . [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of South Africa; 2013. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/10146


University of South Africa

2. Lubeck, Raymond J. Swallowing Jonah: strategies of reading Biblical narratives .

Degree: 2009, University of South Africa

Interpreters of the book of Jonah understand the characterisation of Jonah, and hence the meaning of the book, in a variety of ways. These interpretive models may be categorised under seven headings: Jonah as Pinocchio, psychotic, Prometheus, fall-guy, patriot, prophet, and reluctant missionary. They reflect the spectrum of opinions regarding whether Jonah ultimately serves as a positive or negative example. How one decides this issue depends on the interpreter's understanding of the larger group whom Jonah represents. In turn, this will largely determine what is perceived as the main message of the book. Thus the surface-level question driving this investigation is, how is the reader to understand the character of Jonah? Many underlying epistemological and hermeneutical factors influence one's response to such questions. These include the nature and locus of meaning, the possibility of communication, the properties of a text, the potential for narratives to convey values, the possibility of authors to communicate intentions, and the correlative possibility of readers to identify communicative in tentions. The thesis advanced here is that narrative conventions may inform readers on how to understand biblical narratives. Functional knowledge of these conventions, particularly those pertaining to setting, plot and characterisation, enables readers to identify more accurately the values espoused by biblical authors. Moreover, the characterisation of Jonah is clarified when the narrative is read in this light, including which group he is meant to represent and whether he is portrayed positively or negatively. The larger group Jonah represents includes those who presume a covenantal relationship with Yahweh based on illegitimate grounds. The narrative conventions reveal a negative portrayal of Jonah and the sins he represents: pride, hypocrisy, callousness toward others and small-mindedness before a sovereign God. Thus the book indicts those who presume upon God's compassion based on mere affiliation with a group. The goal of this thesis is to set forth the value of knowing conventions of setting, plot and characterisation. Awareness of and attention to these factors hold the promise for more nuanced understanding both of Jonah as well as other narratives of the Hebrew Bible Advisors/Committee Members: Snyman, Gert Floris (advisor).

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APA (6th Edition):

Lubeck, R. J. (2009). Swallowing Jonah: strategies of reading Biblical narratives . (Doctoral Dissertation). University of South Africa. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10500/825

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Lubeck, Raymond J. “Swallowing Jonah: strategies of reading Biblical narratives .” 2009. Doctoral Dissertation, University of South Africa. Accessed January 19, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/10500/825.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Lubeck, Raymond J. “Swallowing Jonah: strategies of reading Biblical narratives .” 2009. Web. 19 Jan 2020.

Vancouver:

Lubeck RJ. Swallowing Jonah: strategies of reading Biblical narratives . [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of South Africa; 2009. [cited 2020 Jan 19]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/825.

Council of Science Editors:

Lubeck RJ. Swallowing Jonah: strategies of reading Biblical narratives . [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of South Africa; 2009. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/825

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