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Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, vol. 25, 1999
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Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, vol. 25, 1999

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University of Stellenbosch 1999

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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 10 book reviews and 31 articles


  • Human Rights: the influence of the Hebrew Bible
  • The legal basis for Saul’s slaughter of the priests of Nob (1 Samuel 21–22)
  • Eine prophetische Totenklage des Jahres 701 v. Chr. (Micha 1:3–5a.8–13a.14–16)
  • Notes on Benjaminite place names
  • Atonement and reconciliation in Psalms 3, 6 and 83
  • Wo Joseph seinen Vater traf oder: von einem der auszog, eine biblische Stadt zu suchen und einen neuen Gott fand (Überlegungen zu HERONPOLIS)
  • YHWH’S House: gender roles and metaphors for Israel in Hosea
  • Zu den Beziehungen zwischen Ritualen und Mythen in Ugarit
  • The city of Alexandria and the ancient versions of the Hebrew Bible
  • Jeremia 24: Geschichtsbild und Historischer Ort
  • Are we Europeans really good readers of biblical texts and interpreters for biblical history?
  • Using Rashi, Ibn Ezra and Joseph Kara on Lamentations
  • The symbolism and function of epic space in Jonah
  • The “Hebrew” Psalm headings in the Syriac manuscript 12t4
  • The failure of argumentation in the book of Job: humanistic language versus religious language
  • Apocalyptic terminology in the Septuagint of Proverbs
  • The iconography of weapons and warfare in Palestine/Israel c. 1500–1200 BCE
  • A step towards a better understanding of Biblical Hebrew word order
  • “Message” in myth and missive: Ugaritic TḤM
  • 1 Chronicles 5:1–2
  • Biblical Hebrew lexicography: טף ‘children, dependents’ in Biblical and Qumranic Hebrew
  • Why Did Ahasuerus Consent to Annihilate the Jews?
  • The Semantic Implications of הבל and רעות רוה in the Hebrew Bible and for Qoheleth
  • Syntactic aspects of co-ordinate subjects with independent personal pronouns
  • Reading Biblical Hebrew Poetry: Linguistic Structure or Rhetorical Device?
  • The use of the Greek Bible in ii Maccabees
  • Contextual exegetical interpretations in the Septuagint of Proverbs
  • The dream of JUDITH: A Jungian perspective
  • Explaining fronting in Biblical Hebrew
  • Jonah in the belly of the great fish: The birth of Messiah ben Joseph
  • Powerful symbols of victory—the parts stay the same, the actors change
  • The goddess Qedeshet in Syro-Palestinian iconography


  • Eckart Otto
  • Jim Roberts
  • Siegfried Mittmann
  • Max Miller
  • Robert Althann
  • Stefan Timm
  • Andrew Dearman
  • Herbert Niehr
  • Arie van der Kooij
  • Hermann-Josef Stipp
  • Niels Peter Lemche
  • Robert Salters
  • Philip Nel
  • Harry van Rooy
  • Yehoshua Gitay
  • Johann Cook
  • Sakkie Cornelius
  • Christo van der Merwe
  • Wilfred G. E. Watson
  • PB Dirksen
  • M. O’Connor
  • Joseph Fleishman
  • William H. U. Anderson
  • Jacobus A. Naudé
  • Eep Talstra
  • Helen Efthimiadis-Keith
  • Arthur Seltzer
  • Othmar Keel

Product Details

  • Title: Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, vol. 25
  • Editors: Johann Cook, Izak Cornelius, and Paul Kruger
  • Series: Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages (JNSL)
  • Publisher: University of Stellenbosch
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 579

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.