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Bibil Identifier bibil:213187
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) A Linguistic Inquiry Solves an Ancient Crime
Title (English, ) Re-examination of 2 Samuel 4:6
Author Mastéy, Emmanuel
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 61, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 82-103 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Second Samuel 4 describes the assassination of Ish-Bosheth, the last successor of Saul, by two of his brigade commanders. Verse 6 in this chapter gives the account of the actual killing. The verse has long been reckoned as problematic from the linguistic and literary points of view. Traditional Jewish commentators tried to solve the textual problem by means of syntactical completions. The Septuagint gives a different account here, which most scholars have adopted as original. A few, however, have raised the possibility that the Greek version is actually an attempt to solve the difficulties in the Hebrew text. In this article, I attempt to show that the Masoretic text is accurate and completely comprehensible. Furthermore, it sheds light on the entire scene, and brings to the front the personal attitude of the biblical narrator towards David and his kingship.
DOI 10.1163/156853311X548569
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Hebrew : Themes : Verb
Pericopes 2 Samuel 4,6
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