By Ehud Ben Zvi

ISBN-10: 1607245841

ISBN-13: 9781607245841

This quantity includes revised types of papers offered on the 2006, 2007, and 2008 conferences of the ecu organization of religious study as a part of the actions of a study Programme dedicated to the examine of “Israel and the creation and Reception of Authoritative Books within the Persian and Hellenistic Periods,” and a few extra contributions. the fundamental query that the quantity explores in the course of the various methods and questions raised via the authors is what do we examine by way of having a look into the issues of biblical Hebrew linguistics, rhetoric, type, and beliefs in regards to the manufacturers and readers of those books. What do they train us approximately those literati’s global of information and mind's eye, in regards to the concerns they'd in brain and the ways that they got here to house them via authoritative literature? The inclusion of views drawn from linguistics during this dialog is especially beneficial, on the grounds that they can be absent from this sort of dialog. therefore, the publication contains essays on such concerns as even if linguistic theories can resolve literary-critical difficulties, on what's “late biblical Hebrew,” on parallelism and noun teams in biblical poetry, and the communicative which means of a few linguistic offerings. There are reports on points of language, sort, rhetoric, or ideology within the books of Genesis (in specific ancestor ideology), Samuel, Jeremiah, Nahum, Esther, Ezra (1-6), and Nehemiah, in addition to at the reconceptualization of YHWH Sebaot as YHWH Elohim. Philippe Guillaume, Jean-Daniel Macchi, Robert Rezetko, Dalit Rom-Shiloni, Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Ian younger and the 3 editors contributed essays to this quantity.

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Jeremiah’s concept of the land may further be elucidated by a look at his conception of exile, see Dalit Rom-Shiloni, “Deuteronomic Concepts of Exile Interpreted in Jeremiah and Ezekiel,” H. Cohen, V. A. Hurwitz, B. J. Schwarts, J. H. Tigay, and Y. Muffs (eds), Birkat Shalom: Studies In the Bible, Ancient Near Eastern Literature and Post-biblical Judaism Presented to Shalom M. : Eisenbrauns, 2008), 101–23. 43 30 RHETORIC, IDEOLOGY, STYLISTICS, AND LANGUAGE ‫והגוי אשר יביא את צוארו בעל מלך בבל ועבדו‬ ‫והנחתיו על אדמתו נאם ה’ ועבדה וישב בה‬ But the nation that puts its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serves him, will be left by Me on its own soil— declares the Lord—to till it and dwell on it (Jer 27:11).

These annotations bring me to accept only partly Sweeney’s observations on this earlier strand of Jeremiah 30–31, yet I do agree with his suggestion that the Judean initiative should be linked to Josiah (ibid, 580–83). 35 Jer 42:7–17 illustrates Jeremiah’s adaptation of the Deuteronomic admonishing pattern, as it is comprised first by a pronouncement of consolation (vv 7–12), and then by a threat against disobedience to the divine demand (vv 13–17). 36 See pp. 34–35 below. GROUP IDENTITIES IN JEREMIAH 27 Purchasing the land of his cousin Hanam’el on the eve of the Destruction (32:1–5, 24–25), Jeremiah performs a symbolic act which starts with a personal-family transaction, but then appears to demonstrate the national sphere (Jer 32:6–15): “For thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God Israel: ‘Houses, fields, and vineyards shall again be purchased in this land’” (v 15).

Continuity is seen in the designation of the present Exiles, the addressees, as bnei Israel, the national name of the people saved previously from Egypt. 55 Jer 16:15: ‫והשבתים על‬ ‫ אדמתם אשר נתתי לאבותם‬not only closes this new-Exodus with resettling the people in the land, but explicitly alludes to the return as bringing “the people back to their land, which I gave to their fathers” (16:15, cf. 56 54 For the interpolation of this passage in Jer 16:14–15 and its role as a corrective of Jer 16:10–13, see Holladay (Jeremiah 1, 474, 621–23), who thinks the verses fit better in chapter 23, in a context of consolation prophecies, and who dates them to the fifth century, based on the occurrence of ‫( זרע בית ישראל‬23:8).

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