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From יהה צבאת to יהו מרא שמיא: Aspects of religious development on Elephantine

Prof. Ingo Kottsieper (University of Münster)


In this paper, several observations on differences mainly in the use of religious terminology are discussed and interpreted diachronically. Putting the data together, they argue for a development in the religious consciousness of the יהודיא on Elephantine (and in Syene) and in their relationship with other groups there and with the Persian administration during the 5th century BCE. This provides an interesting historical and religious background for the well known conflict about the Jahu-temple at the end of this century.

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