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Bibil Identifier bibil:153767
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) "Bethany beyond the Jordan" in Text, Tradition, and Historical Geography
Author Hutton, Jeremy M.
Journal Biblica (Volume: 89, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 305-328 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Origen selected "en Bèthabarâ" in John 1,28 as the superior reading in his Comm. Jo., an assessment challenged by modern critics. Although the text-critical data seem to indicate "en Bèthania" as the preferable reading, this claim may be questioned on literary and redactional grounds. Those same observations provide evidence for intentional literary commemoration of John's ministry at the Jordan. Origen's gloss of "Bèthabara" as "House of Preparation" ("oikos kataskeuès") leads to an examination of Mk 1,2-3, and its lexical divergence from LXX Mal 3,1.22-23 [=MT vv. 23-24]; Isa 40,3. Mark anomalously uses the verb "kataskeuazô", the nominal counterpart of which (κατασκευη) renders Heb."rabodah" work, preparation" (LXXAB Exod 35,24), which is graphically similar to " beit rabodah". When combined with historical-geographical study of the area surrounding Jericho, these data allow us to trace the process of textual and traditional development whereby the toponym "beit hrbh" (Josh 15,6.61; 18,22), preserved at the modern ΗU. 'En el-Garabe, served as the toponymic antecedent of both "Bèthabarâ" and Beth Barah (Judg 7,24). This process of development provides additional defense for the traditional localization of John's ministry in the southern Jordan River Valley near the el-Magtas and Hagla fords.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Geography
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : New Testament : Textual Criticism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Baptist Movements : John the Baptist
Pericopes Mark 1,2-1,3
John 1,28
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