What changes in Sherem’s rhetoric at the end of his encounter with Jacob?

Thomas R. Valletta

“When Sherem is struck down, he abandons his sophisticated subtlety and assumes, at his death, the position Jacob had taken: He ‘spake plainly’ unto the multitude (the humble preacher, not using much flattery and power of language), he confessed the Christ (prophecy), and he acknowledged the means of acquiring spiritual knowledge, the power of the Holy Ghost (revelation). Both as summarized and then as quoted, Sherem’s speech now is plain, not clever, made up of simple sentences and direct declarations. His death seals his confession” (Rust, Feasting on the Word, 35–36).

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