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Old Testament Essays

versão On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versão impressa ISSN 1010-9919


WARNING, Wilfried. Old testam. essays [online]. 2017, vol.30, n.3, pp.852-873. ISSN 2312-3621.

In some recent studies that scrutinized selected passages of the Hebrew Bible, the existence of linguistic linkages has been shown. Evidently, the so-called "terminological patterns" are one of the structural devices by means of which the extant Endgestalt, the final form, has been crafted. In Genesis the noun •—– "seed, offspring," appears fifty-nine times, both in MT, the Samaritan Pentateuch and LXX's Hebrew source text. The fifty-nine occurrences are part of "priestly" and "non-priestly" texts. The three terminological patterns coming to light are intricately intertwined and emphasize three special promises (of descendants). In the 59-part table (Gen 1:150:26) the metaphor "your descendants ... like the dust of the earth" takes the fifteenth position (13:16a) and the fifteenth-from-last (28:14a). In the 47-part equidistant structure (Gen 11:27-50:26) the metaphor "your descendants . as the stars of heaven" shows in the twenty-first text (22:17a) and the twenty-first-from-last (26,4a). In the 25-part table (11:27-25:11) the phrase "I will establish my covenant ... and your/his descendants" holds the tenth position (17:7a) and the tenth-from-last (17:19b).

Palavras-chave : —–; seed; offspring; priestly texts; Genesis.

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