The Blessing and the Curse

The Blessing and the Curse

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The qmagical power of the spoken wordq is a topic that often comes up in a discussion of biblical blessings and curses. What is the source of social and linguistic power behind these blessings and curses? Many theologians would agree that God can and does bless, but does God also curse? If so, what does that mean to the biblical theology of the Old Testament and the Christian church? Anderson's The Blessing and the Curse applies speech act theory as one way to understand the performative function of blessings and curses. The concept of speech acts provides a method of recognizing the potent social power of language to accomplish certain ends, without drawing a hard line of distinction between word-magic and religion. Even though the chief concepts and practices of blessings and curses are deeply rooted in the broad cultural environment of the ancient Near East, tracing specific trajectories of Old Testament blessings and curses as theological themes conveys broad, inescapable implications for the biblical narrative and the Christian church.(Deut 25:17a€“19) This a€œthird strawa€ of Saula#39;s demise begins as he is ordered by Yahweh to punish the Amalekites and to ... While he is indeed victorious, he also spares the life of the Amalekite king. ... This crucial act of Saula#39;s willful disobedience introduces a new phase of the story, delineated by the second account of his involvement in prophetic activity. ... under Goda#39;s blessing: David.9 The storyteller uses the Goliath episode to highlight this new dichotomy between Saul and David.

Title:The Blessing and the Curse
Author:Jeff S. Anderson
Publisher:Wipf and Stock Publishers - 2014-07-07


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