[b-hebrew] Jerusalem, city or land?

Ken Penner pennerkm at mcmaster.ca
Mon Aug 2 11:48:37 EDT 2004

Dimant's notes in DJD 30 on the phrase M)RC YRW#LYM in 4Q385a frg. 18 i a-b
3 are:
"This is probably an intended contrast to )RC #BY)[M] in line 7. A similar
expression, )RC TXPNS, appears in frg. 18 ii 8. The locution )RC YRW#LYM may
reflect the situation prevalent in the author's days, in which the district
of Jerusalem and the surrounding area formed a distinctive administrative
unit. )RC in the sense of 'territory around a city' occurs also in the
Bible. See )RC XMT (2 Kgs 23:33; 25:21; Jer 39:5); )RC PTRWS (Jer 44:1)."

Ken Penner, McMaster/DSS
Dead Sea Scrolls scholars' list owner,

> "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.

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