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Hebrew Lishkah and greek Leschê

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Walter Burkert and Richard Buxton have drawn attention to the institution of the leschê. Burkert concentrated on possible Near Eastern connections of leschê, whereas Buxton focused on performance of myths and stories in the leschê. He concluded that ?it is safest to regard the leschê as something about which we know tantalisingly little - but that little suggests there are interesting things which escape us. This chapter investigates institution of the leschê. It argues against Burkert that the institution had fewer religious roots than he suggests, and against Buxton that more is known about leschê than he supposes, but less about its connection with singers than he thinks. As the leschê is better attested in Greece than lishkah in ancient Israel, it may be rewarding to take point of departure in Greece. As the institution is of considerable antiquity and probably reaches back into Mycenaean times, the chapter starts with that period.

Keywords: Greece; Greek leschê; Hebrew lishkah; Israel; Mycenaean times; religious roots; Richard Buxton; Walter Burkert



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