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G. W. AHLSTRÖM, Hammōreh lisdāqāh

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The passage II 21-27 in the book of Joel is concerned with the blessings and the הקדצ that Yahweh will give to his people according to the covenant. The blessings mentioned in the text all belong to the agricultural-pastoral sphere: green pastures, good fruit, and rains which will give good harvests, filling the threshing floors with grain and the winepresses with wine. What the locusts had destroyed will be fully restored again. The people will eat and drink and be satisfied. Never again will they be put to shame. Due to this they will praise Yahweh, v. 26. Thus, the blessing and well-being of the people is intimately connected with the needs of an agricultural society. The conclusion is that הדומה in Joel II 23 designates the leader of the Jerusalem temple cultus. Upon the "teaching" of this man and upon his cultic actions everything religiously speaking depended.

Keywords: הדומה; הקדצ; agricultural society; book of Joel; Jerusalem temple cultus



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