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Bibil Identifier bibil:218878
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Deborah's War Memorial. The Composition of Judges 4-5 and the Politics of War Commemoration
Author Wright, Jacob L.
Journal Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (Volume: 123, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 516-534 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract With respect to the prose account in Jdc 4 and the verse account in Jdc 5, scholars have longed debated which text deserves the priority. This article presents an approach that has surprisingly never been argued in the abundant research on these chapters. According to the thesis defended at length here, these two texts originally shared nothing in common other than a reference to a battle in the Jezreel Valley, which has always been a very popular battlefield in the southern Levant. Before undergoing expansion on the basis of the prose account, Jdc 5 consisted of a standard victory hymn. After probing the relationship between the Song and the prose version, the article turns to examine how the Song, along with Ps 68, attests to the ways in which political communities in ancient Israel/Judah negotiated belonging and status via war commemoration.
DOI 10.1515/ZAW.2011.034
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : War
Pericopes Judges 4-5
Psalms 68
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