Old Testament

Nebukadneccar egyik terjedelmesebb felirata a brisai sziklafelirat, az észak-libánoni térségből. A tanulmány ennek a feliratnak az akkád nyelven írt verzióját és annak magyar fordítását tartalmazza, bevezetővel és mindenekelőtt az Ószövetség olvasóit szem előtt tartó jegyzetanyaggal. A brisai felirat egyrészt a babiloni fogság előtti korszak története, másrészt általában a bibliai történetírás és szellemtörténet szempontjából is fontos kordokumentum. A felirat helyenként reflektál az Újbabiloni Birodalom nyugati térséggel kapcsolatos ténykedéseire és politikájára is.

The erudition, precision and commitment guiding this study is admirable. Nonetheless, while linguistic analysis may entice the reader with the promise of a higher degree of objectivity, preconceptions regarding the base text, its structuring, the construction of reading, and the interpretation of linguistic data involve a fair amount of subjective and debatable factors that confine Systemic Functional Linguistics within the methods to be tamed by responsible scholarship.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/jss/fgab006

Weather imagery plays a major role in Hosea. Hosea 2 recalls the image of an unfaithful wife; Hosea 4:2–3 describes the withering of the land; in 6:3; 10:12; 14:6, the several types of precipitation draw attention to the utterance of YHWH or the requested righteousness; in 9:10.13.16; 10:1; 13:5; 14:6.8, Israel is symbolised by different plants that blossom and wither, depending on their relation to Yhwh. In all of these instances, weather phenomena contribute to these images.

Isa 7:14 is one of the most enigmatic texts of the Old Testament in which the traditional Christian exegesis has found the roots of the dogma of the virgin birth. It remains a question though whether this text indeed focuses on the female figure rathern than the son to be born. Following a brief survey of the recent state of research, in this article I address the question of the possible historical background of the text.

Isa 7:14 is one of the most enigmatic texts of the Old Testament in which the traditional Christian exegesis has found the roots of the dogma of the virgin birth. It remains a question though whether this text indeed focuses on the female figure rathern than the son to be born. Following a brief survey of the recent state of research, in this article I address the question of the possible historical background of the text.

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