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Does the Enigmatic Phrase שְׁבֻעוֹת מַטּוֹת אֹמֶר (Hab 3:9) Represent Liturgical Glosses?

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The enigmatic phrase שְׁבֻעוֹת מַטּוֹת אֹמֶר in verse 9 of the Psalm of Habakkuk (Hab 3:1-19) has taxed the ingenuity of generations of scholars. From the words שְׁבֻעוֹת מַטּוֹת אֹמֶר Thackeray posited three catchwords: one, שְׁבֻעוֹת , representing the special reading for Shavuot from Deuteronomy 16. The second, מַטּוֹת, representing the heading for the reading from Numbers 17 in the third year of the triennial cycle. And the third, מַטּוֹת, represented the heading for the reading from Gen 12 that was read in the first year of the triennial cycle. The objections to Thackeray's suggestion are basically twofold. They center around the nature and form of his catchwords, and his assumption that the triennial cycle had fixed readings and was linked to the calendar. Thackeray's thesis is attractive and provocative in its time, but it has not been able to stand the rigor of close examination.

Keywords:שְׁבֻעוֹת מַטּוֹת אֹמֶר; Deuteronomy; Genesis; Psalm of Habakkuk; Shavuot; Thackeray



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