AbstractsBiology & Animal Science

Don't shoot the messenger

by R. Michael Fox

Institution: Texas Christian University
Year: 2014
Keywords: Xerxes I, King of Persia, 519 B.C.-465 B.C. or 464 B.C.
Record ID: 2046805
Full text PDF: https://repository.tcu.edu/handle/116099117/4531


Malachi contains a substantial amount of messenger language, imagery, and vocabulary. When one uses a reconstruction of ancient Persian royal messengers to construct an interpretive lens for reading the text, it becomes apparent that Malachi exhibits a root messenger metaphor from whence the many individual metaphors and decorations derive. This presentation of the book suggests that Malachi's historical context is the early reign of Xerxes, a time when the Persian emperor was constantly sending royal heralds throughout the known world. Malachi's form is best seen as a royal message (from YHWH, the Great King).