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Bibil Identifier bibil:236920
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) A Land of Gates: Covenant Communities in the Book of Deuteronomy
Author Frese, Daniel A.
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 65, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Language English
Pages 33-52 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract A noticeable feature of the D source’s rhetorical style is the repetitive use of stock terms and phrases, such as "the place which Yahweh your god will choose to establish his name." The term שעריך "your gates" is one such term, and it occurs 27 times in D with a non-standard meaning when compared to the normal use of שער "gate" throughout the Hebrew Bible. The precise referent of שעריך has received very little scholarly attention, though a few different meanings have been suggested or implied: that "gates" are towns, that they are towns other than Jerusalem, that they are Israelite clans, or that they are literal, physical gates. In this paper I review and critique these suggestions, and propose a new definition for שעריך based on an analysis of its use in D. I conclude that שעריך refers to any covenantally-granted Israelite settlement within Canaan.
DOI 10.1163/15685330-12301188
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Pentateuch : Deuteronomy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Land
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Covenant
Terms שַׁעַר שׁער
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