Abstract

The MT of Hos 13:2a criticizes Israelites for producing idols “according to their skill” ([inline-graphic 02]). The grammatical difficulty of the Hebrew phrase, the evidence of the ancient versions, and Mesopotamian analogues to the Israelite understanding of cult images all support emending [inline-graphic 03] to [inline-graphic 04], “according to their [the idols’] model.” This reading makes good sense in the context of Israel’s renewed revolt against Assyria in 721–719 b.c.e. Israelites sought to ensure divine aid for the revolt by manufacturing new cult images according to the model of images they had lost earlier in 722 b.c.e.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1934-3876
Print ISSN
0021-9231
Pages
pp. 509-517
Launched on MUSE
2014-09-10
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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