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Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, vol. 21, 1995
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Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, vol. 21, 1995

by 4 authors

University of Stellenbosch 1995

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The Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages contains articles dealing with linguistic, translational, literary, text-critical, historical, religious, and cultural issues related to Ancient Near Eastern texts and societies, as well as articles addressing theoretical issues underlying these fields. Contributors to the Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages include the most advanced scholars in the field of Near Eastern Studies, making this the preeminent journal for linguistic, interpretive, exegetical, and historical studies of Northwest Semitic languages in general and the Old Testament in particular.

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Key Features

  • Discusses issues relating to Ancient Near Eastern texts and societies
  • Contributions from top Ancient Near Eastern scholars
  • Contains 7 book reviews and 18 articles


  • Some sociological observations on Moshe Greenberg’s Biblical prose prayer as a window to the popular religion of ancient Israel
  • The iconography of divine war in the pre-Islamic Near East: a survey
  • On ‘synchronic’ and ‘diachronic’: wie es eigentlich gewesen
  • Non-Judahite dialects and the diacritics of the Masoretic text
  • Ritual space in the ordination ritual of Leviticus 8
  • Semitic quadriliteral animal terms: an explanation
  • A Janus Parallelism in the Baal and Anat story
  • The advantages of W. Richter’s approach for a lexical description of Biblical Hebrew
  • Verse patterns in the Song of Songs
  • The function of iconography as autobiographical narration in the tomb of Khnemhotep at Beni Hasan (Tomb 3)
  • An infinity of traces: On making an inventory of our ideological holdings. An introduction to Ideologiekritik in Biblical Studies
  • Were the persons responsible for the Septuagint translators and/or scribes and/or editors?
  • Text, textuality, and textual criticism
  • Rites of passage relating to marriage and divorce in the Hebrew Bible
  • Micah 2:12–13
  • The textual traditions and origin of the Syriac apocryphal Psalm 152
  • Abi-simti: A semitic matriarch in Sumer
  • Le centre du monde dans les littératures d’Ougarit et d’Israël


  • Jacques Berlinerblau
  • Izak Cornelius
  • Ferdinand E. Deist
  • Richard L. Goerwitz
  • Gerald A. Klingbeil
  • Keith A. J. Massey
  • Kevin Massey-Gillespie
  • Scott B. Noegel
  • Martin T. Pröbstle
  • Wilfred G. E. Watson
  • Alice V. Baines
  • Robert P. Carroll
  • Johann Cook
  • Paul A. Kruger
  • William McKane
  • Herrie F. van Rooy
  • P. Stefanus Vermaak
  • Nicolas Wyatt

Product Details

  • Title: Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, vol. 21
  • Editors: Johann Cook, Izak Cornelius, Paul Kruger, and Ferdinand E. Deist
  • Series: Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages (JNSL)
  • Publisher: University of Stellenbosch
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 285

About the Editors

Johann Cook is an associate professor at the University of Stellenbosch. He received his MA in Semitic languages and Greek and his DLitt in Semitic languages from Stellenbosch, and specializes in Hebrew language studies, Aramaic, Syriac, and Coptic, textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and aspects of the cultures of the Ancient Near East. He is a member of the executive committee of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies.

Izak Cornelius is a professor at the University of Stellenbosch. He specializes in Ancient Near Eastern culture, religion, and mythology.

Paul Kruger is an associate professor at the University of Stellenbosch. He researches and lectures in comparative Near Eastern literature, the history of Near Eastern religion, prophetic literature, and the application of social scientific insights on ancient cultures.

Ferdinand E. Deist was a professor and the head of department of Near Eastern studies at the University of Stellenbosch until 1977.