Antithesis between יִרְאֵ֥י יְהוָ֖ה and רְשׁעָ֔יִם : Malachi 3:13–21 [MT] as a reconciliation of Yahweh’s justice with life’s inequalities

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dc.contributor.author Boloje, Blessing Onoriode
dc.contributor.author Groenewald, Alphonso, 1969-
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-08T09:41:27Z
dc.date.available 2015-12-08T09:41:27Z
dc.date.issued 2015-11-05
dc.description The article is based on research conducted by B.O.B. (University of Pretoria) for his postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Old Testament Studies. His current research project, which is an extension of the primary aims and objectives of his doctoral thesis (‘Malachi’s view on temple rituals and its ethical implications’) is an examination of Malachi’s distinctive claims that guarantees a well-ordered community, namely the validity and feasibility of Torahcompliance community. A.G. (University of Pretoria), co-author of the article, acted as the research leader and corresponding author. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This article demonstrates the vindictive tone of Malachi’s final sermon by highlighting the amazing reversal of fortunes of the righteous and shocking end of the wicked. Such a reversal or antithesis this article proposes, serves as a climax to the literary motif and artistic brilliance of reversal noticeable in the book of Malachi. The substance of Malachi’s message is that of triumph of Yahweh’s justice over obvious inequalities of life. Malachi 3:13–21 reveals that beyond the horizon of lived reality lies a judgement moment in which good and evil are still criteria of what is acceptable and unacceptable to Yahweh. The article examines the literary structure and content of the this unit of Malachi’s oracle, provides detailed exegesis of the cynicism or antithesis in the text and concludes by synthesising the result in an attempt at reconciling Yahweh’s supposed justice with obvious life’s inequalities. Malachi’s prediction of the ultimate restoration of the fortune of the righteous and shameful end of the wicked, stands as a refutation of the insinuation that to serve Yahweh is worthless. INTRADISCIPLINARYAND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS : This article not only focuses on the synchronic dimensions of this text, but also the diachronic perspectives. The literary analysis is combined with a historical embeddedness of this text. This text poses a challenge to the reader of the 21st century and invites the modern reader to a explore life, and specifically fullness of life amidst circumstances not conducive to fullness of life. en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Boloje, B.O. & Groenewald, A., 2015, 'Antithesis between יִרְאֵ֥י יְהוָ֖ה and רְשׁעָ֔יִם : Malachi 3:13–21 [MT] as a reconciliation of Yahweh’s justice with life’s inequalities', Verbum et Ecclesia 36(1), Art. #1480, 8 pages. http://dx.DOI.org/ 10.4102/ve.v36i1.1480. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1609-9982 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2074-7705 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/ve.v36i1.1480
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/51128
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Malachi en_ZA
dc.subject Sermon en_ZA
dc.subject Yahweh’s justice en_ZA
dc.subject Judgement en_ZA
dc.title Antithesis between יִרְאֵ֥י יְהוָ֖ה and רְשׁעָ֔יִם : Malachi 3:13–21 [MT] as a reconciliation of Yahweh’s justice with life’s inequalities en_ZA
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