[b-hebrew] (ELYOWN in HALOT
A. Philip Brown II
philipbrown at apbrown2.net
Mon Mar 6 11:19:04 EST 2006
I'm uncertain how to read HALOT's (KB3) entry for (ELYOWN, and would like
some others' "read."
Under section B, it reads
"B. in the OT (EL' is no longer a special deity
, but a divine epithet,
which occurs either by itself (in parallelism) or as an attribute
; )EL (EL'
Gn 14:18-20, YHWH )EL (EL' 22, (YHWH missing in Sept. Pesh., also GnAp 2221,
see Fitzmyer GenAp2 178f); OSArb. Àl tÁly El the Most High (Oldenburg ZAW
82 (1970):190), cf. Schatz 207ff, Ps 7835; (ELYOWN meaning: God Nu 24:16
(parallel with lae), Dt 3:28 2S 22:14/Ps 18:14 (parallel with YHWH),
The element that is problematic to me is meaning: God.
I can hardly believe they mean "meaning." Surely they mean "referent"? The
first line of this section seems to support the conclusion that they actual
mean that God is the referent for (ELYOWN in the following references;
whereas the term itself is an epithet or attribute meaning Highest or Most
How do others read this entry?
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