Prophets of the Hill Country
I have been thinking again about ὀρεινός , a Lucan hapax. In particular I thought that perhaps “hill country” was a signal for us to examine the prophets associated with the hill country such as Jeremiah, Amos and Micah.
Jeremiah was born in Anathoth, a small levitical town less than three miles N of Jerusalem, but situated in the hill country of Benjamin. Micah was from a town called Moresheth in the hill country of
A number of reasons can be advanced in support of this proposal. Both Micah and Jesus made predictions about
While thinking about the prophets, I decided to review the Book of Zechariah and “behold” the Greek word for hill country – Luke uses ὀρεινός and Zechariah uses ὀρεινὴ at the beginning of a prominent and promising passage. The Greek word appears in numerous Biblical passages but not in Jeremiah, Amos or Micah and in most, perhaps every, instance except one military activity is being described. However in Zachariah 7:7 ὀρεινὴ appears in a passage that introduces, not military activity, nor a messianic prophecy but nonetheless coincidently contains a descriptive passage that reminds me of the message of the gospel. It is a very subtle allusion.
At the end of the day, I must conclude it is very possible that Luke intended multiple allusions or none at all with his use of ὀρεινός , a Lucan hapax.
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