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This article argues that Hebrew יצ is not an Egyptian loanword for ‘ship’ but a verbal noun with the base meaning ‘coming forth’, hence ‘(military) expedition’ or the like. This new understanding requires reinterpretation of two important passages in which this word appears, namely,...
A variety of words from the lexical fields of Land and Fertility occurs frequently at strategic points throughout the book of Ruth, often accompanied by special semantic and sound phenomena. This article focuses on the systematic accumulation of the lexical/ semantic patterns that bring Land and...
Jeremiah 1.4-10 presents the first encounter between God and Jeremiah, an encounter which results in Jeremiah’s commission to be a prophet of God. The text is characterized by two literary devices: (1) the use of stereotypical expressions, which have led exegetes to treat vv. 4-10 as ‘the...
Honour and Shame in the Hebrew Bible are commonly discussed within the framework of a pan-Mediterranean social-scientific approach. In order to evaluate this model, this article seeks to understand the meaning of the verbal forms of שוב, as found in Lament Psalms, where more than one third of...
If Mikhail Bakhtin were to read the Hebrew text of the Song of Songs, he would likely propose three claims in regard to it, namely: (1) the Song of Songs is an Event of Events; (2) the Song of Songs represents a Genre of Genres; and (3) the Song of Songs is an Utterance of Utterances. In this...
This article argues that there is a close relationship between biblical law and narrative regarding the subject of asylum. It contends that the narrative of Moses finding refuge from Pharaoh in Exod. 2.11-22 is repeated on a much larger scale in Exodus 14—15 and that Israel’s flight from...
Disagreement has been expressed between scholars over the existence of poetic sub-units in Prov. 10.1—22.16 and 25.1—29.27. Some claim that there is evidence of poetic units in these chapters that go beyond the couplet, while others deny this, saying that most of the proverbs in these...
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