New in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

One essay stands out as intriguing sounding-

‘Prayers of Petition’ in the Psalms and West Semitic Inscribed Amulets: Efficacious Words in Metal and Prayers for Protection in Biblical Literature, by Jeremy D. Smoak.

This article compares several Phoenician and Punic inscribed amulets to the language preserved in several psalms that petition YHWH for protection against evil or other types of danger. The fact that both the amulets and these particular psalms share a similar concern or function, namely, protection against evil, invites such a comparison. It is argued in this article that the similarities between the psalms and the amulets allow for the conclusion that both forms drew from a similar stock of words commonly employed in West Semitic apotropaic religious practices. In particular, it is argued that the protective formulae inscribed on the amulets, which bear certain similarities to the language employed in such psalms, indicate that the psalms contain more reflexes of apotropaic formulae than previously recognized.

But I don’t subscribe to JSOT – and so I’m not going to read it. But you can if you want to if you’ll pay the toll:

Purchase Short-Term Access – Pay per Article – You may access this article (from the computer you are currently using) for 1 day for US$25.00.

If you’re a slow reader and you have to take more than a day, it will cost you $25 per day….

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