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Bibil Identifier bibil:217698
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) "Bread of the Dungheap": Light on Num. 21:5 from the Tell Fekherye Inscription
Author Aster, Shawn Zelig
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 61, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 341-358 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The discrete narrative unit in Numbers 21:4-9 contains two interpretive problems. One of these has long been recognized: the phrase בלחם הקלקל in v. 5 contains the hapax form קְלֹקֵל. The various interpretations proposed for this phrase are surveyed, and the interpretation “with this dungheap bread“ is suggested, based on a curse formula found in the Tell Fekherye inscription. A second problem, related to the first, is the unclear nature of the rhetorical goals of the narrative unit. The specific complaint of the people in v. 5 is unclear, as is the connection between it and the divine punishment in vv. 6-9. Interpreting בלחם הקלקל as “with this dungheap bread“ shows that YHWH's reliability to protect and provide for Israel in the wilderness is the key issue in question in Num. 21:4-9. This passage is closely related to Num. 20:1-13 and to Deut. 8:15-16a.
DOI 10.1163/156853311X592326
Pericopes Numbers 21,4-21,9
Numbers 20,1-20,13
Deuteronomy 8,15-8,16
Terms קְלֹקֵל קלקל
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