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Heidegger's Bible Handbook: Micah: Author

1.  The author, מִיכָה, Micheas or Micah, a Symbolic name.  He was not the son of Imlah, but a Morasthite.  Moresheth is described.  What sort is Micah?

The author of this Prophecy is מִיכָה, Micheas or Micah, and more fully  מִיכָיְהוּ/Michiahu/Micaiah, which name, signifying not humility or infirmity,[1] as Abarbanel trifles, but מִי כַּיהוָֹה, who is like Jehovah? (to which there is an allusion in Micah 7:18[2]) as if it was Prophetic, and a symbol of the Prophet:  he was not the son of Imlah, of whose sinister prognostications Ahad complained, 1 Kings 22:8, but the מֹרַשְׁתִּי/Morasthite, Micah 1:1.  More specifically, his fatherland was מוֹרֶשֶׁת/Moresheth, Micah 1:14, which, according to Jerome, appears to have been a small village, existing still in his own time, near Eleutheropolis,[3] a city of Palestine.  Therefore, it was situated in the tribe of Ephraim, and Micah was an Israelite by his shared ancestral homeland.  Jeremiah also makes mention of him, as also of his words, Micah 3:12; Jeremiah 26:18.  Moreover, he was of refined talent, illustrious learning, and a peer and συνεργός/fellow-worker of Isaiah, his contemporary.

[1] מָכַךְ signifies to be low or humiliated.

[2] Micah 7:18:  “Who is a God like unto thee (מִי־אֵ֣ל כָּמ֗וֹךָ), that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.”

[3] Eleutheropolis was thirteen miles northwest of Hebron.

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