Jeremy D. Smoak's The Priestly Blessing in Inscription and Scripture: The PDF

By Jeremy D. Smoak

ISBN-10: 0199399972

ISBN-13: 9780199399970

The Priestly Blessing present in Numbers 6:24-26 left a deep imprint upon Jewish and Christian spiritual perform and culture. a number of the ways that the blessing was once integrated into those liturgical traditions, for instance, are good documented in numerous written assets from the earlier thousand years. Rabbinic literature demonstrates that the blessing held a crucial position in early Jewish traditions, in particular as a part of the improvement of the Amidah and different liturgical prayers. Christian culture additionally attests to a wealthy variety of functions of the blessing in Byzantine and Medieval Christian perform. whereas the Priestly Blessing's improvement and importance in Judaism and early Christianity are good documented, significantly much less is understood approximately its earliest heritage within the old world.

The Priestly Blessing in Inscription and Scripture breaks new flooring within the examine of the origins and early background of the blessing by means of interpreting its visual appeal on Iron Age amulets chanced on on the web site of Ketef Hinnom in Jerusalem. Jeremy Smoak presents a finished description of the 2 amulets and compares the inscriptions on their surfaces with a number of Phoenician and Punic inscribed amulets. He argues that the blessing's language originated inside a much wider culture of protecting phrases, that have been usually inscribed on steel amulets as defense opposed to evil. He contends that the Priestly writers of the biblical texts included the categorical phrases into the blessing's formulations accurately as a result of their huge acceptance and allure as protecting phrases within the japanese Mediterranean world.

Smoak's argument represents a big departure from past experiences at the historical past of the blessing's language within the old close to East, and it sheds major new mild at the background in their use inside of early Judaism and Christianity.

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The Priestly Blessing present in Numbers 6:24-26 left a deep imprint upon Jewish and Christian spiritual perform and culture. some of the ways that the blessing was once integrated into those liturgical traditions, for instance, are good documented in numerous written assets from the previous thousand years.

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