[b-hebrew] Jerusalem, city or land?

C. Stirling Bartholomew jacksonpollock at earthlink.net
Sat Jul 31 23:26:28 EDT 2004

On 7/31/04 5:29 PM, "Tony Costa" <tmcos at rogers.com> wrote:

> 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.

I think the text you are asking about is:

4Q385a f18ia_b:2 [ -- wyc) ]yrmyh hnby) mlpny yhwh
4Q385a f18ia_b:3 [wylK (M h]#b)yM )#r n#bw m)rC yrw#lyM wyb)w

the expression:  m)rC yrw#lyM "from land of Jerusalem"

Why does it say this? Someone else can answer that.

Clay Bartholomew 

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