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Bibil Identifier bibil:240430
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) The Priestly Blessing in Inscription and Scripture
Title (English, ) The Early History of Numbers 6:24-26
Author Smoak, Jeremy D.
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2015
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature USA 24469
Place 222.4.08
Publishing house Oxford University Press
Place New York
ISBN 978-0-19-939997-0
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xvii Pages
242 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract This book presents a synthesis of recent discoveries bearing upon the early history and function of the biblical priestly blessing of Numbers 6:24–26. The book gives special focus to the importance of the discovery of the blessing on two silver amulets from Jerusalem dating to the late Iron Age and several other Iron Age inscriptions containing parallels to the blessing. The analysis of the inscriptions provides a new way to approach the meaning and significance of the instructions for the blessing in the biblical book of Numbers. The study argues that the writing of the blessing within the book of Numbers represented an appropriation of the practice of writing blessing formulas within certain ritual spaces in the ancient southern Levant. In this way, the book highlights that a central aspect of the blessing’s function in ancient Judah was not only the recitation of the blessing but also the writing of the blessing upon various materials in the Iron Age. By highlighting this aspect of the blessing’s function in ancient Judah, the book paves the way for a more nuanced understanding of the background and significance of the blessing’s eventual scripturalization in early Jewish and Christian literature.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Pentateuch : Numbers
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Hebrew : Themes : Epigraphy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Blessing
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Themes : Burial (Places and Customs)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (H - L)
Pericopes Numbers 6,24-6,26
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