The Role of the Gattung in the Prophetic Call Narratives
Impactul transformarilor socio-economice si tehnologice la nivel national, european si mondial; Nr.1/2015, Vol.1
54 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2015
Date Written: March 31, 2015
„The call of the prophet“ is the expression used in the Bible to indicate the first dialogue between God and his future prophet. There is the theory according to which the prophets themselves or the biblical writers chose to narrate this moment not according to its real development but to the representation the community had about this sort of meeting. The main question of this paper is: why? The explanation the scholars gave, according to which the Gattung itself along with the confessional and apologetic meanings would be the explanation for the choice seemed shallow. It proved as such. We formulated two hypotheses: one is that using the familiar pattern hinders the access to the meaning of a text, including those of the call narratives; the other is that the level of the human being development in becoming a subject gives the person the capacity to get beyond the form to its significance. The results of social psychology, psychoanalytic and Jungian psychology researches supported both our hypotheses. We may conclude that the sharing of their dialogue with YHWH in the form of Gattung was intended so. The reason is that allowing the veiling of the meaning under a friendly, common appearance, the Gattung contributes to the awakening of the subject.
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Keywords: literary pattern, Gattung, script, cognitive scenario, pre-pleasure, disciplined imagination
JEL Classification: A10, A30
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