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Bibil Identifier bibil:202355
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Reference to Shiloh in Psalm 78
Author Leuchter, Mark
Journal Hebrew Union College Annual (Volume: 77)
Year (Publication) 2006
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2006
Year (Copyright) 2006
Year (Reference) 2006
Year (Second publication) 2006
Language English
Pages 1-31 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The date of Psalm 78 remains a hotly contested matter among scholars, with some arguing for exilic or post-exilic authorship, others arguing for pre-exilic or exilic authorship. The linguistic evidence in the psalm favors the latter perspectives, but even here, little consensus has been reached. The majority of scholars have opted for Hezekian date of composition, with some also considering a Josianic datee and a minority suggesting an exilic date. The psalm's reference to Shiloh in vv.60-66 factors significantly into these arguments, with most scholars viewing the reference as a polemic against the northern kingdom and its cult. This position is problematic for several reasons, most of which reelate to misconceeptions regarding the legacy of the Shiloh tradition in the courts of Hezekiah and Josiah and its position in the discourse of the exilic Deuteronomists. The present study notes these difficulties ans suggests an alternative, namely, that the reference to Shiloh best fits a Solomonic background and constitutes a polemic against the old Shilonite priesthood that suffered during Solomon's reign. The broader psalm, consequently, should be seen as emerging from Solomon's court.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : United Monarchy (1030-933) : Solomon
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (Q - S) : Shilo / Sailun
Pericopes Psalms 78,60-78,66
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