The Interpretation of the Hebrew Word םע (People) in Samuel-Kings by Luke E. IjezieThe Interpretation of the Hebrew Word םע (People) in Samuel-Kings by Luke E. Ijezie

The Interpretation of the Hebrew Word םע (People) in Samuel-Kings

byLuke E. Ijezie

Paperback | December 13, 2006

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This study of the word «people» in the biblical context touches one of the central issues of biblical literature. The author addresses the semantic and literary-critical problems involved in interpreting the Hebrew word םע within the complex texts of 1-2 Samuel and 1-2 Kings. While the word is often rendered by the English word «people» and its cognates in the modern languages, it is also shown that the idea of «people», together with its semantic range in the modern usage, is not identical to the ancient Hebrew. Concerted effort is thus made to identify the basic factors and patterns that explain its meaning in various Hebrew contexts. The study explains how םע expresses both Israel’s identity as a secular polity as well as its identity as a religious entity. The discussion is carried out in the light of a number of chosen texts, and these are analyzed both synchronically and diachronically.
The Author: Luke Emehiele Ijezie was born in 1962 in Amucha in the present Imo state of Nigeria. He was ordained a priest in 1988 for the Catholic Diocese of Orlu and since then has served in various capacities. With a BA (Philosophy) and a BD (Theology), he proceeded to Rome in 1991 where he earned a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (SS...
Title:The Interpretation of the Hebrew Word םע (People) in Samuel-KingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.66 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:December 13, 2006Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3039111396

ISBN - 13:9783039111398


Table of Contents

Contents: םע as Expression of Kin relations – Relations between םע and Clan – Relations between םע and Tribe – םע as Expression of Political Relations – םע and the Political Structures – םע as Body of Participants in Warfare – םע as Body of Participants in Governance – The religious dimension of םע – םע as Community of YHWH’s Subjects – YHWH’s םע and the Monarchy.

Editorial Reviews

«I found Ijezie's book insightful and exegetically both rigorous and consistent. It comprises a solid contribution to the field.» (Garrett Galvin, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures)