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Bibil Identifier bibil:215900
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Cyrus, Yhwh's Bird of Prey (Isa. 46.11): Echoes of an Ancient Near Eastern Metaphor
Author Chan, Michael Jay
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 35, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 113-127 Pages
Genre Original
Notes Contient des illustrations.
Abstract In Isa. 46.11, Cyrus is described as a ‘bird of prey’ (‭טיע‬), a designation that poses a seemingly difficult translational and interpretational problem for many commentators. Generally speaking, two solutions have been forwarded: (1) some, discontented with the apparently awkward parallelism between ‘a bird of prey’ (‭טיע‬) and ‘his man of purpose’ (‭ותצע שיא‬), have resorted to speculative and questionable emendations; (2) other commentators maintain the MT, citing as support Xenophon’s description of a golden eagle that served as Cyrus’s ensign or accepting the metaphor as an image of swiftness and ferocity. The important role played by bird of prey imagery in the royal propaganda of the ancient Near East and Egypt, however, is rarely considered. In this article it is proposed that the image of Cyrus as a ‘bird of prey’ (‭טיע‬) is not strange, awkward, or in need of emendation; nor is it necessary to turn to the oft-cited reference in Xenophon for an explanation. Rather, the image arises out of the author’s familiarity with a larger convention that associates royal monarchs and their military activities with behavior of birds of prey.
DOI 10.1177/0309089210365963
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Persia : History and Civilization : 1st millennium : Cyrus (=Cyrus II, 551-529)
Pericopes Isaiah 46,11
Terms עַיִט עיט
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