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'As Straw Is Trodden Down In The Water Of A Dung-Pit'. Remarks On A Simile In Isaiah 25:10

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The Book of Isaiah contains many beautiful passages. This chapter focuses on a simile that is used in Isaiah (Isa) 25:10 to underscore the character of the calamity that will fall upon Moab. Within the unit Isa 25:10bA-11 an interesting strophe parallelism can be detected. In the archives from Ancient Mari a great number of letters were found that contained references to divination and prophetic activity. Irrespective of the question whether the sentence 'Beneath straw water runs' should be construed as a proverb or as a riddle, the line is of great importance for the interpretation of Isa 25:10. The text from Isaiah reinforces the plausibility to read the line from Mari against an agricultural background and not so much against the background of the world of brick-making.

Keywords: ancient Mari; simile in Isaiah 25:10; strophe parallelism

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