By John F. Healey, Carmel McCarthy
This selection of essays includes a wide variety of issues reflecting the intensity and breadth of curiosity of the student in whose honour they have been commissioned - Kevin J. Cathcart.
The critical concentration is close to japanese, and covers quite a number philological, linguistic, exegetical, ancient and interpretative matters. The close to japanese languages tested contain Akkadian, Arabic, Aramaic, Ethiopic, Hebrew, Septuagintal Greek, Syriac and Ugaritic, whereas exegetical and text-critical subject matters contain remedies of concerns in Deuteronomy, I Kings, Isaiah, Amos, Psalms and the tune of Songs. Hermeneutical and historic essays contact on historic Israel's background and its interpretation, in addition to at the value of such contributors because the consular authentic John Dickson, E.H. Palmer within the Cambridge Libraries, William Lithgow of Lanark, and the contribution to Semitic epigraphy of the explorer Julius Euting.
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1998 Biblical and Near Eastern Essays The Exodus Pattern in the Bible (London: Faber & Faber).
Gallery (1980) have drawn attention to an Old Babylonian legal text from Sippar (Finkelstein 1968: pi. 22, no. 45) in which the office of prostitute (harïmûtum) is mentioned along with other temple offices (parsum), clearly indicating that prostitution was part of the service rendered by some Babylonian women to a goddess. The same situation is also attested at Tell ed-Der (Wilhelm 1990: 515). Even earlier, in Sumerian times, we have solid testimony to the sacred marriage between the king, representing the god Dumuzi, and the goddess Inanna (precursor to Ishtar), the goddess presumably being represented by a priestess (Kramer 1969).
Nevertheless, I intend to concentrate here on the literary depiction and ideological significance of the Philistines in the Bible. People described as 'Philistines' inhabit parts of Genesis, Judges and especially Samuel (and parallel passages in Chronicles), and there are also various references to them in the prophetic books. They first appear— saving the 'Table of Nations' in Genesis 10—in the patriarchal narratives in Genesis 20-21 and, more particularly, Genesis 26. Here the contrasting agendas of historical inquiry and literary-ideological approaches become very evident.
Biblical & Near Eastern Essays (Library Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies) by John F. Healey, Carmel McCarthy