[b-hebrew] Jerusalem, city or land?

Brian Roberts formoria at carolina.rr.com
Sun Aug 1 12:45:42 EDT 2004


So, could the search for the land of Judah as a polity be a red herring? 
Could it be that we have the references there already, where Jerusalem 
is mentioned?

Brian


On Sunday, August 1, 2004, at 02:39  AM, Yigal Levin wrote:

> Naming an area after its main city is not uncommon. Remember that the 
> area
> to the north of Judah was called "Shomron" (Samaria). The Phoenicians 
> were
> called "Sidonians". Not to mentions names like "the land of Hamath". In
> modern Arabic, "balad" is often used for a town and its immediate 
> environs.
>
> Yigal
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tony Costa" <tmcos at rogers.com>
> To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Sunday, August 01, 2004 2:29 AM
> Subject: [b-hebrew] Jerusalem, city or land?
>
>
>> I hope this is not too off topic, but I was puzzled to read in Geza
> Vermes. 'The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English' (New York: Penguin 
> Books,
> 1997) on p.566 where he translates "A Jeremiah Apocryphon" (4Q384-5B). 
> The
> beginning line starts off, "...Jeremiah the Prophet [departed] from 
> before
> the Lord (YHWH)...[to accompany the] the captives who were taken from 
> the
> land of Jerusalem and came [to...Nebuchadnezzar,] king of Babel..." I am
> puzzled by the expression "land of Jerusalem". Jerusalem is a city, and
> always designated as such at least in the MT. I am wondering if anyone 
> has a
> clue as to why Jerusalem is designated as "land" here? Thanks.
>>
>> Tony Costa
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