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Bibil Identifier bibil:224520
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Fightin' Mushites
Author Leuchter, Mark
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 62, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 479-500 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The Mushite priestly line, claiming Moses as their eponymous ancestor, held a dominant position in pre-monarchic Israelite religion. While anthropological and archaeological considerations explain how the Mushites may have come to power in their Transjordanian region of origin, these considerations do not account for the widespread presence of Mushites in the far northern, central, and Judahite cult sites. The present study proposes that the spread of Mushites across this wide geographic spectrum-and in a fairly brief period of time-may be attributed to their legacy as warriors at a time when success on the battlefield demonstrated fitness for cultic leadership. Traces of this legacy may be discerned in the narratives about Moses as well as in the traditions regarding the pre-monarchic cult sites where Mushite factions took up their posts.
DOI 10.1163/15685330-12341075
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Religion : Levites
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Religion : Priest
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Levites
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Religion : Worship
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : War
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Moses
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Origins : Premonarchical Period
Pericopes Exodus 2,11-2,22
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