The Night Visions of Zechariah against the background of conflict in
the early postexilic community in Judah.
In this article Paul D Hanson's view that the Night Visions of Zechariah
should be interpreted against the background of a situation of conflict in
post-exilic society is taken up. His description of the text as a hierocratic
document aimed at the restoration of the pre-exilic status quo is however
challenged. It is indicated that the Night Visions should rather be read as
text purporting to inspire its readers towards involvement in the processes
of change in society. Different levels of meaning, reflecting various aspects
of the conflict in the community, can be indicated in the text.
Continued 2001 as 'Verbum et Ecclesia'
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