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The function of Zechariah 7–8 within the book of Zechariah

Yohan Im, Pieter M. Venter
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a2009 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.2009 | © 2013 Yohan Im, Pieter M. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 May 2013 | Published: 08 October 2013

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Yohan Im, Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Pieter M. Venter, Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

It is argued that the function of Zechariah 7–8 in the book of Zechariah is central to the issue of the structure of Zechariah. It is proposed that a text-linguistic approach offers a new reading of Zechariah 7–8. It is further proposed that the larger segment of Zechariah 7:1–8:23 is a bridge (a transition from the preceding discourse to the subsequent discourse) that is connected to the prologue in Zechariah 1:1–6 and is developed and expanded in the subsequent discourses. This reading indicates the structure and the overall theme of Zechariah by viewing the book as a sequential discourse. This argument will be defended by studying the structure and the overall theme of Zechariah and emphasising the holistic aspect of the book of Zechariah.

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Zechariah; holistic aspect; sequential discourse; structure

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