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A. MALAMAT, Prophetie revelations in new documents from Mari and the Bible

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The greatest relevance and most promising results in a comparative study of the Mari documents and the Bible are inherent in the research of the nature of the tribal societies and their institutions. One of the most remarkable disclosures of the Mari documents in the sphere of religious phenomena is the occurrence of intuitive divination which places Near Eastern prophecy in general and biblical prophecy in particular in a new perspective. Six documents from Mari published between (1948-1954), devoted to the appearance of diviners, have been under discussion by various scholars, with due attention paid to biblical prophecy, including two studies in Hebrew by the present writer. True, the dividing line is not always distinct concerning the ancient Near East in general, and the Bible, in particular, whose prophets occasionally resort to the dream as a source of divine inspiration.

Keywords: Bible; biblical prophecy; divine inspiration; Mari documents; prophetic revelations



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