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Bibil Identifier bibil:208604
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Amuletic Inscriptions and the Background of YHWH as Guardian and Protector in Psalm 12
Author Smoak, Jeremy D.
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 60, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 421-432 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The last three verses of Psalm 12 have long posed a variety of problems for interpreters. As a result, a number of studies have argued that certain textual emendations should be made to clarify their meaning. The present study argues that the MT reading should be retained and in fact makes good sense in light of the larger message of the Psalm. In particular, the following contends that the enigmatic phrase b'lyl in verse 7 should be understood as a reference to the types of Iron Age smelting furnaces, which were partially sunk into the ground. Moreover, the use of the dyad "guard" (šmr) and "protect" (nsr) in the following verse is reminiscent of several amulets, which contain these two verbs inscribed on their surfaces. The occurrence of these two verbs on the amulets indicates that they formed a stock protective formula during the Iron Age. As a result, I argue below that the reference to the smelting furnace in verse 7 and the use of the dyad in the following verse allows for a conclusion that the imagery in these verses may have originated from the practice of forming and inscribing metal amulets.
DOI 10.1163/156853310X504856
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Amulet
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Magic
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Religion
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Blessing
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Psalms
Pericopes Psalms 12,7-12,9
Terms שָׁמַר שׁמר
נָצַר נצר
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