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Bibil Identifier bibil:223923
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Identity of the Emissary of YHWH
Author Amzallag, Nissim
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 26, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 123-144 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The emissary of YHWH is such an enigmatic figure that even his “theological reality” has been questioned. However, comparative mythol-ogy reveals his affinity with the Ugaritic Koshar, the Tyrian Melqart, and the Greek figures of Heracles and Melikertes. All these deities display an essen-tial link to copper metallurgy, a feature revealing that their interrelation with the emissary of YHWH is not incidental. Rather, such a common linkage, to-gether with few Biblical indications, enables to identify him as the smith-god. It is concluded that the emissary of YHWH is an independent divine figure of the Israelite theology, who was not officially worshipped though he inter-vened frequently towards the Israelites. This discovery enables us to recon-sider the singularity of the Israelite religion. While the neighbor peoples wor-shipped the divine emissary, it appears here that the Israelites elaborated a “theological utopia” in which the people as a whole, and not only a small elite of kings, priests and smelters, were assumed to turn directly to the supreme deity.
DOI 10.1080/09018328.2012.704196
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Lands of the Levant (except Canaan-Israel) : Lands of the Levant (in general) : Religion
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Lands of the Levant (except Canaan-Israel) : Phoenicia : Religion
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Messenger
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Religion
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Envoy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Religion
Pericopes Ezekiel 28,2-28,19
Terms מַלְאָך מלאך
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