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Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, vol. 23, 1997
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Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, vol. 23, 1997

by 4 authors

University of Stellenbosch 1997

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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 9 book reviews and 28 articles


  • Worshipping stones: on the deification of cult symbols
  • Ein verdrängter bibelhebräischer Satztyp: Sätze mit zwei oder mehr unterschiedlichen Konstituenten vor dem Verbum finitum
  • Peshitta Genesis 6: “Sons of God”—angels or judges?
  • Textual Criticism and Qoheleth
  • Between heaven and earth: Absalom’s dilemma
  • A review of “Relevance Theory” in relation to Bible translation in South-Central Africa. Part II
  • The translation and interpretation of Eccl 8:17a
  • The Yehud Bible: A belated divine miracle?
  • The slave status of the virgin daughter Babylon in Isaiah 47:2: A perspective from anthropology
  • Eschatologisches Schema im alexandrinischen Jeremiabuch? Strukturprobleme eines komplexen Prophetenbuchs
  • “Literal” and “free” translations: A proposal for a more descriptive terminology
  • The law in Septuagint Proverbs
  • The meaning of the Aramaic expression “Son of Man”
  • The enigma of Job: the deconstruction of God in intertextual perspective
  • The equality of humankind from the perspective of the creation stories in Genesis 1:26–30 and 2:9, 15, 18–24
  • “Dan why abides he by ships”—and the rules of historiographical writing
  • The need for linguistic criteria in characterising biblical pericopes as Deuteronomistic. A critical note to Erhard Blum’s methodology
  • A designed anti-rhetorical speech: Ezra and the question of mixed marriage
  • What are we looking for in doing Old Testament text-critical research?
  • Tense, mood, aspect and clause connections in Biblical Hebrew. A textual approach
  • Lexikographische Untersuchungen zum Biblisch-Aramäischen
  • Does blood cry out? Considerations in generating the cognitive environment
  • Qohelet’s use of לפני
  • Inside and outside the camp: the Halakhic background to changes in the Septuagint Leviticus, with reference to two Qumran manuscripts
  • Telling of(f) Prophets: narrative strategy in 1 Kings 18:1–19:18
  • Linguistic peculiarities of the Masoretic edition of the book of Jeremiah: an updated index
  • Theme and function in the Jephthah narrative
  • Some pages from the reception history of Genesis 3: the visual arts
  • TC—a journal of biblical textual criticism: an example of successfull electronic publishing


  • K. van der Toorn
  • W. Groß
  • A. van der Kooij
  • R. B. Salters
  • S. A. Wiggins
  • E. R. Wendland
  • Dominic Rudman
  • F. E. Deist
  • P. A. Kruger
  • Hermann-Josef Stipp
  • Jimmy R. Adair
  • J. Cook
  • C. Toll
  • Tryggve N. D. Mettinger
  • Alberto Soggin
  • Z. Kallai
  • Hans Ausloos
  • Yehoshua Gitay
  • Bénédicte Lemmelijn
  • Eep Talstra
  • Josef Tropper
  • J. Barrie Evans
  • Dirk Büchner
  • Douglas Lawrie
  • Julie Claassens
  • Izak Cornelius

Product Details

  • Title: Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, vol. 23
  • Editors: Johann Cook, Izak Cornelius, Paul Kruger, and Ferdinand E. Deist
  • Series: Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages (JNSL)
  • Publisher: University of Stellenbosch
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 494

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.