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“And The Landwas Subdued Before Them...”? Some Remarks On The Meaning Of בּכּש In Joshua 18:1 And Related Texts

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While the literary preference of Gen 1:28 to Josh 18:1 seems to be reflected carefully by many scholars, the understanding of כבש which occurs in Qal in Gen 1:28 but in Niphal in Josh 18:1 lacks this intensive. This chapter deals with the Semitic root kbš and its different semantic realizations, especially when mentioned in relation to "land/earth". It examines the biblical parallels in Numbers 32 and 1 Chronicles 22 that also share the syntagma and compares with Josh 18:1. The chapter presents the new way of understanding and introduce its theological implication. The Akkadian root kabasu offers an alternative concept of understanding the root kbכבש that avoids the idea of subduing.

Keywords: Akkadian root kabāsu; Gen 1:28; Josh 18:1; subduing



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