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Bibil Identifier bibil:245393
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Fortified Cities of the Ṣiddim (Josh 19:35) again; Rejoinder to N. Na’aman
Author Arav, Rami
Journal Biblische Notizen (Volume: 166)
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Language English
Pages 3-9 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In a recent article Na’aman suggests a new interpretation to the enigmatic verse of Josh 19:35.
The first half of this verse (Josh 19:35a) he connects to the missing northern border of the tribe of Naphtali from Josh 19:34b. He suggests reading Sidonians instead of the enigmatic HṢDYM and maintains that the fortified cities (Josh 19:35a) are unnumbered and unnamed toponyms in the northern borders of the tribe of Naphtali. Josh 19:35b is accordingly a list of four toponyms located in the plain of Ginosar. The biblical description dates, in his view, to the Assyrian conquest. This article examines this proposal and concludes that due to the accumulation of hypotheses and the lack of archaeological evidence, the historical probability of this proposal is rather meager. The interpretation proposed by me should be considered still tenable because of the following reasons: 1) The verse is not manipulated. 2) It suggests a rare usage of the Hebrew language. 3) The proposal is supported by archaeological discoveries.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites
Pericopes Joshua 19,35
Terms צִדִּים צדים
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