A NOTE ON THE ROOT ZQN IN THE HEBREW BIBLE It is accepted wisdom in Bible interpretation that, in the Bible, old/older is beautiful and young/younger may be beautiful, but is also foolish and in need of education by and obedience to aged authority. The Jerusalem!fel Aviv school of ancient Jewish history (see Malamat and others), have gone as far as to state that the tribal institution of 'elders' (zeqenim) indeed originated in the veneration of aged persons' wisdom, and then the term became indicative of a social institution although the age signifi- cation emptied into irrelevance. To substantiate their findings, such scholars cite cognate cultures (such as Egyptian cultures). Now, I remember well how I used to rebel against the almost automatic and proverbial equation of 'age = brains' as put forward in such work and, allegedly, in the Hebrew Bible itself. Perhaps some consolation can be found in it now? With the advancement of age, I return to the most obvious and oft-cited examples. Here are some of them. a Abraham cedes to God's authority and seems ready to sacrifice Isaac to him. Isaac seems willing to accept Abraham's authority and goes along, although he can't
Zutot – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2001
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