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Bibil Identifier bibil:219858
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Moses' Cushite Wife echoes Hosea's Woman of Harlotries
Title (English, ) Exposure of Unfaithfulness in the Wilderness
Author Hepner, Gershon
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 23, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 233-242 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper suggests that Numbers 12 implies that the Cushite woman whom Moses marries is an immoral woman and that Moses' marriage with her is based on an implicit divine command which echoes the one God gives Hosea when exhorting him to marry a woman of harlotries. In both cases God wants the prophetic protagonist to experience infidelity, thus enabling him to experience what God feels like when Israel acts unfaithfully to Him. However, after experiencing the unfaithfulness of the Israelites in the narrative of the scouts Moses himself demonstrates unfaithfulness in Meribah. Moses' inability to respond appropriately to Israel's unfaithfulness at Baal-peor, an incident mentioned in Hos 9,10, reflects his inability to contend with the Israelites in the manner of Hosea.
DOI 10.1080/09018320903303579
Pericopes Numbers 12,1
Hosea 9,10
Terms כּוּשִׁי כושׁי
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