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Bibil Identifier bibil:204244
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Departure of Ships? An Investigation of צי in Numbers 24.24 and Isaiah 33.23
Author Scurlock, Joann
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 34, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 267-282 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article argues that Hebrew צי is not an Egyptian loanword for ‘ship’ but a verbal noun with the base meaning ‘coming forth’, hence ‘(military) expedition’ or the like. This new understanding requires reinterpretation of two important passages in which this word appears, namely, Num. 24.23-24 and Isa. 33.21-22. It is suggested that Num. 24.23-24 is a reference to the fall of Assyria to the Chaldeans, which both gives the passage geographical sense and marks it as a late addition to the original text. Isaiah 33.21-22 is a miniature hymn in which, it is argued, Yahweh is described as an inaccessible place of rivers and streams, a rather odd metaphor, but one expressing the concept of transcendent godhead in its original formulation.
DOI 10.1177/0309089210363032
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Ship
Pericopes Numbers 24,24
Isaiah 33,23
Terms צי
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