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Bibil Identifier bibil:211993
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) On kuppuru, kippēr and Etymological Sins that Cannot be Wiped Away
Author Feder, Yitzhaq
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 60, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 535-545 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The discovery of Mesopotamian ritual texts employing the term kuppuru (“rub, wipe”) has been a major turning point in the semantic analysis of Hebrew kippēr. It is now commonplace to find the Hebrew term interpreted in light of the concrete sense of the Akkadian, yielding the notion of “wiping away” sin. The present article demonstrates why this prevailing view is untenable by means of 1) analysis of the lexical data, 2) identification of common misconstruals of this evidence, and 3) comparison of the kuppuru / kippēr relationship to the largely analogous case of Akkadian salāḫu (“sprinkle”) and Hebrew sālaḥ (“forgive”).
DOI 10.1163/156853310X530442
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Hebrew : Themes : Lexicology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Expiation
Terms כָּפַר כפר
סָלַח סלח
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