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By Robert Alter

To learn the books of the previous Prophets during this riveting Robert regulate translation is to find an interesting amalgam of hair-raising motion and excessive literary success. Samson, the vigilante superhero of Judges, slaughters millions of Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey. David, the Machiavellian prince of Samuel and Kings, is without doubt one of the nice literary figures of antiquity. A ruthless monarch, David embodies a existence in complete size because it strikes from great formative years via energetic major to failing previous age. Samson and David play emblematic roles within the upward thrust and fall of historic Israel, a country beset by way of inner divisions and exterior threats. A scattering of contentious desolate tract tribes joined by way of religion in a unique covenant with God, Israel emerges during the bloody massacres of Canaanite populations mentioned in Joshua and the anarchic violence of Judges. The imaginitive David consolidates nationwide energy, however it is energy rooted in conspiracy, and David dies bitterly remoted in his court docket, surrounded via enemies. His successor, Solomon, continues nationwide solidarity via his mythical knowledge, wealth, and grand public imaginative and prescient, yet after his demise Israel succumbs to inner discord and overseas conquest. close to its finish, the saga of historical Israel returns to the supernatural. In Elijah's fiery ascent to heaven many might locate the harbinger of a messiah coming to avoid wasting his humans of their time of want.

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118f vorauszusetzen. 164 Vgl. Schottroff und Botterweck. 165 ZKG65, 1953/54, 3 lOf. 162 Literatur berblick 27 (B) 1947 wandte sich V lker dem Thema Die Verwertung der Weisheitsliteratur bei den christlichen Alexandrinern zu (ver ffentlicht 1952166). Darin zeigt er, wie die Bedeutung der Weisheitsliteratur in der fr hen christlichen Literatur (NT, Apostolische V ter, Apologeten) nur m ig wachse und dann bei Clemens einen Sprung nach vorne mache. Die H ufigkeit, mit der Clemens die Weisheitsschriften ben tze, falle auf, und zwar nicht nur im Vergleich zu seinen Vorg ngern, sondern auch zu Origenes.

Diese These bleibt vage, da V lker nicht konkret sagt, ob dies immer, meist oder nur manchmal der Fall sei. Au erdem wird sie nicht belegt162. B. Str II 7,2). Jene Stellen, die f r V lker zu sprechen scheinen, lassen sich auch anders interpretieren: Da Clemens seine Ethik insgesamt rational durchdenkt, sind auch jene Stellen, an denen er beil ufig, ohne n here Begr ndung auf ethische Maximen oder den Gehorsam gegen die Gebote zu sprechen kommt, in diesem „intellektualistischen" Kontext zu betrachten.

P. ' Erstere, so erklärt er, ist eine spezifisch christliche Sache und Gemeingut aller Schulen; letztere ist ein Erbe Philos. "116 Erstere, so ist zusammenfassend zu ergänzen, sei geschichtlich, letztere löse die biblische Geschichtswirklichkeit in geschichtslose Allgemeinbegriffe auf. Dieses Interpretationsmuster erfreut sich besonderer Beliebtheit: Schelkle etwa übernahm es 1957 in einem Aufsatz über patristische Exegese allgemein117. Seine Anwendung speziell auf Clemens hat Mortley11* auf breiter Basis versucht119.

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