The Old Testament In Its World: Papers Read At The Winter by Robert P. Gordon, Johannes C. De Moor

By Robert P. Gordon, Johannes C. De Moor

Discoveries in websites revealing the traditional cultures of the close to East and Greece have contributed a lot to a greater figuring out of the outdated testomony. As new unearths continuously upload new details, this beneficial proof needs to be (re)evaluated repeatedly. during this quantity individuals of the Society for previous testomony research within the uk and eire in addition to participants of the 'Oudtestamentisch Werkgezelschap' within the Netherlands and Belgium subscribe to forces to adopt this hard job. Egyptian, Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Neo-Hittite, Aramaic and Greek texts are inspected so one can determine whether they are suitable to the knowledge of the Hebrew Bible.

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J. R. Veenhof, Zij schreven geschiedenis: historische documenten uit het oude Nabije Oosten, Leiden 2003, 3-9. 21 Hittite texts referred to after E. Laroche, Catalogue des textes hittites (EeC, 75), Paris 1971. 22 As noted by Van Seters, In Search of History, 106-7; see further G. McMahon, ‘History and Legend in Early Hittite Historiography’, in: Faith, Tradition, and History, 149-57, esp. 151. Indeed, Van Seters minimises its importance, but McMahon seems to overstate its innovative character.

In the Books of Kings, Azariah is mentioned as one of the kings who was just in the eyes of the Lord. However, the Lord afflicted him with leprosy or another skin disease until the day he died and he therefore lived in a separate house. This is mentioned as a matter of course, with no further comment or explanation (2 Kgs 15:1-7). Within the somewhat revised framework taken from the Deuteronomistic account (2 Chron. 26:1-4, 21-23), however, we find in Chronicles an extensively elaborated version of his res gestae to show that he was a successful king until his pride led to his downfall (2 Chron.

RA is meant to ˘ ˘ or neglect of the purificˇ be a reminiscence of Sulgi ’s defilement ation ritual as recorded in the Weidner Chronicle, though the author, in his own words, puts it down to acts of insolence, sacrilege or even blasphemy. The reference to the Weidner Chronicle seems obvious; the reference to the stela is obscure. It is tempting ˇ to think here of the Sulgi prophecy, which initially indeed was ˇ called the Sulgi-narˆ u by G¨ uterbock, because it was clothed in words typical of a royal inscription starting with the res gestae 79 If so, it is most remarkable that our historian calls this ˇ of Sulgi.

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