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The importance of being registered: The role and meaning of the verb יחש in the book of chronicles

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Investigating the genealogies in 1 Chronicles 1-9 for the preparation of a ne Dutch commentary on the Book of Chronicles, the author came across a specific aspect of ?identity and community' in the Book of Chronicles, viz. the use and function of the root יחש. The verb יחש is found in the Book of Chronicles with no less than 15 occurrences. It can hardly be an accident that the vast majority of these occurrences is found in 1 Chronicles 1-9, the so-called ?genealogical hall'. It is of great interest, therefore, to examine carefully what entities within the ?genealogical hall' are involved with the verb יחש hitp. Using the verb יחש hitp., the Chronicler does not so much refer to the process of registration as to the result of being registered, viz. that one belongs to a family or group and that such a registration entitles to specific rights and privileges.

Keywords: יחש; 1 Chronicles 1-9; Book of Chronicles; genealogical hall; registration



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