Rehearsing Mythic Memory: Cultural Memory, Intertextuality, and the Sitz im Leben of Habakkuk’s Prophecy

Ambrose University Seminary thesis
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Cultural memory theory as an interdisciplinary field of research is concerned with the usability of the past for the formation of identity in the present. Theorists argue that cultural memories are only re-appropriated and re-cast as they are found to be useful for contemporary communities facing new and complex circumstances. One medium through which a community’s memories may be reclaimed and reused is literature and, specifically, through the text forming work of intertextuality. By means of intertextuality, literary compositions become sites of memory with the power to form communal identity. The final hymn of the book of Habakkuk, a frequent topic of scholarly debate, demonstrates strong intertextual ties to ancient Near Eastern mythological portraits of nation deities and, as a result, portrays Yahweh as both victor over cosmological forces and national powers.

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