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Bibil Identifier bibil:202782
Publication Type Journal article
Title (German, Long) Die »eherne Schlange«
Title (German, ) Zur Religionsgeschichte und Theologie von Num 21,4–9
Author Schipper, Bernd U.
Journal Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (Volume: 121, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language German
Pages 369-387 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Against the backdrop of Ancient Near Eastern texts relating to snake-bite and snake incantation, the healing act of looking at a serpent statue in Num 21,4–9 appears to be exceptional. It stands in contrast to the whole religious context, in which dealing with snake-bite was based on rituals (sometimes using amulets). The narrative of the bronze serpent, however, must be seen as having been influenced by Dtn 18, Ex 15,26 and a tradition which is opposed to every form of magic or ritual and in which Moses the »mediator« replaces the religious specialist. In summary, Num 21,4–9 appears to be a late text which uses a story of Israel in the desert as an example to oppose the ongoing practice of snake incantation and magical-ritualistic acts.
DOI 10.1515/ZAW.2009.025
Pericopes Numbers 21,4-21,9
2 Kings 18,4
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