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My study of the biblical narratives during the past fifteen years has led me to appreciate their theological profundity. The people of Israel produced theologians of the stature of a Barth, a van Ruler, or a Flannery O'Connor. We just do not know their names. They worked anonymously, not viewing their insight as personal achievement, but as a gift of God for the community. The task of biblical theologians is to comprehend what they were saying. This article's focus is 2 Kings 6:8-23, a biblical narrative in which the prayers of Elisha play a central role. After explaining my method of reading the narrative I will analyze the text, and then summarize what it says about prayer.
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