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Bibil Identifier bibil:226002
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) 'Before Pharaoh seized Gaza'. A Reappraisal of the Date, Function, and Purpose of the Superscription of Jeremiah 47
Author Peels, Eric
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 63, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 308–322 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In this article it is argued that the phrase ‘before Pharaoh seized Gaza’ in Jer 47:1 is not a mere chronological precision, pointing at the (ultimate) fulfilment of the prophecy against Philistia, but a heading with its own proper function and purpose. The superscription of Jer. 47:1 refers to Pharaoh Neco’s capture of that city in 601/0 BCE, whereas the oracle of 47:2-7 itself is to be dated ca. 604. Neco was able to take Gaza after he had beaten the Babylonian army at the Egyptian border, so that the Babylonians had to withdraw to their homeland. In this time of political upheaval, the heading was added to the oracle of Jer 47 in order to warn the people of Judah that YHWH’s judgment through the sword of Babylon was still to be expected, notwithstanding Pharaoh’s recent success.
DOI 10.1163/15685330-12341104
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : History and Civilization : Late Period (21th-30th Dynasties)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Oracle
Pericopes Jeremiah 47
Jeremiah 47,1
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