The God of the Prophets: An Analysis of Divine Action
'Content analysis'-which is a computer-assisted form of textual analysis-is used to examine divine activity in six prophetic texts, comparing God's activity to that of humans. In this methodologically innovative study, the author concludes, in the light of quantitative data, that God is harsher to non-Israelites than to Israelites in all the texts, and much kinder to Israelites in Joel than in the typical prophet. God and humans are involved in much the same kinds of physical and mental processes, but to considerably different degrees. Griffin argues persuasively that the God of the prophets is not the 'wholly other' of some theologies, but neither do his actions follow exactly the human pattern.
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Action/activity Qty actions activity in Joel activity in SPP Actors AGRI ANMP anthropomorphic ASMB Bad ethics book of Joel classiﬁcations coded Cognition COMC Comparative Frequencies Signiﬁcance Complements Signiﬁcance COMS SORR COND DEST Content Analysis Context-Dependent Context-Dependent Context-Dependent p.Spch Metacategories CULT DBAS SHAM DEAT DESI DEST ILL divine activity divine reception Dominant Metacategories ELMT ESTB ETHB ETHG Ethically good Ethically Evaluation Difference God’s activity H I F Hebrew English HUIF Human groups HUMN Illness/injury insects Israel Israelites and foreigners ISRAELITES in JOEL ISRAELITES in SPP JOEL Total activity Knowledge Ignorance Obey/agree Krippendorff LEGL Metacategories Categories Evaluation MILI MSMT MV VB MVWO NLRT Null hypothesis Old Testament p.Spch Metacategories Categories Peace/shalom percent PRID PROC prophets QNTY REAS receive Recipients RJCT SB CP Shaming signiﬁcantly different SORR speciﬁc SPP and Joel STRO VB CP VB IN MV VB MV VB W0 versus WLTH words Yahweh