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Title: ‘Eyes to Hear’
Subtitle: Nehemiah 1,6 from a Pragmatics and Ritual Theory Perspective
Author(s): KLINGBEIL, Gerald , KLINGBEIL, Chantal J.
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 91    Issue: 1   Date: 2010   
Pages: 91-102
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.91.1.3188855

Abstract :
This study of the enigmatic phrase ועינחך פתוחות לשמע אל־תפלת עבדך 'and your eyes open to listen to the prayer of your servant' (Neh 1,6) utilizes an interdisciplinary approach involving insights from linguistic pragmatics and ritual theory. We will begin with a brief review of the history of interpretation of this phrase. Particular attention will then be given to elements of ritual theory, such as trigger point, ritual language, time, place, sequence, etc. Finally, we will examine the pragmatic context, discourse, and conversational strategies involved with this phrase.

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