History of Biblical Israel: Major Problems and Minor Issues by Professor of Jewish History Abraham Malamat

History of Biblical Israel: Major Problems and Minor Issues by Professor of Jewish History Abraham Malamat

By Professor of Jewish History Abraham Malamat

The heritage of Israel of the Bible continues to be the most hotly contested concerns in scholarship of the Hebrew Bible this present day. one of many clearest voices within the debate is that of Abraham Malamat. within the pages Malamat distills years of writing at the heritage of Israel from its beginnings as much as the destruction of the 1st Temple of Jerusalem (586 B.C.E.). Malamat divides his learn into the subsequent sections: (1) The sunrise of Israel (2) Forming a state (3) the increase of the Davidic Dynasty (4) Twilight of Judah and the Destruction of the 1st Temple and (5) old Episodes within the Former Prophets and the Prophetical Books. All these drawn to the emergence of Israel as a humans and the increase of the tale of Israel will locate this a vital quantity.

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Besides consignments to the king of Aleppo, quantities were apparently sent to Ugarit, to a Caphtorite there (that is, a merchant from Crete), and to a ta-ar-ga-ma-an-num. " What is of greatest concern to us in this document, is the fact that it includes three consignments of tin for Hazor, totaling over 35 kg, sufficient for the manufacture of some 300 kg of bronze. Furthermore, it is consigned to "Ibni-Adad, King of Hazor," revealing the personal name of the ruler of the city. In this same tin text, we find mention of perhaps another city in Palestine—Laish, some 30 km north of Hazor.

19 In a poetic passage in the body of the book of Job there is an actual usage of the term naweh with reference to a surprise raid (v 3). This is in marked contrast to the reference concerning the security of the divinely-protected fold (naweh} in Job v 24: "You shall know that your tent is safe, and you shall inspect your fold (naufka] and miss nothing" (RSV}. ). When the nawum of the Haneans grazed on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, hostile elements could surprise it and cause "damage" (hittum, literally "damage, failing")—cognate with the very Hebrew word tetftd3 used above.

3—13. Cf. L. N. F. ), Palestine in Transition (Sheffield, 1983), pp. 48ff. 12 Whereas midbar in the Bible often denotes "desert," in certain contexts it cannot but mean "grazing area," such as midbar of Gibeon; midbar of Dothan; midbar of Beer-Sheba; midbar of Tekoa; midbar of Ziph; midbar of Maon; midbar of Jeruel; midbar of En-Gedi; midbar of Kadesh, and finally midbar of Judah itself, all of them pastures adjacent to a village or district. 13 We also hear several times that the Suteans, and Yaminites in particular, attacked nawums of other tribes.

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