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Bibil Identifier bibil:226001
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) There and Back Again: "Tin" or "Lead" in Amos 7:7-9?
Author Noonan, Benjamin J.
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 63, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 299–307 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Scholars have struggled with the meaning of the word אֲנָךְ, which appears twice in Amos 7:7 and twice in Amos 7:8. Traditionally, many scholars have defined אֲנָךְ as “lead” and understood it with reference to a plumb line. In recent years, however, the majority of readers have instead defined אֲנָךְ as “tin.” This has spawned a variety of interpretations that try to make sense of how exactly tin might fit into the context of Amos 7:7-9. This paper critiques the notion that אֲנָךְ means “tin” rather than “lead.” It shows that, contrary to the present interpretative norm, there are no lexical grounds for defining אֲנָךְ exclusively as “tin.” From a lexicographical perspective, the definition “lead” remains the most viable option.
DOI 10.1163/15685330-12341099
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Hebrew : Themes : Lexicology
Pericopes Amos 7,7-7,9
Terms אֲנָך אנך
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