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Ancient Israelite Hypostasis

Hypostases in the Ancient Near East Part One

1      Hypostases in the Ancient Near East Ancient Israelite Hypostasis Introduction As noted in the introduction, there existed a phenomenon in the ANE wherein an attribute or cultic object of a god or goddess became a quasi-independent or even fully independent entity.  This supernatural being most often acted as the intermediary between a god/goddess and his/her subjects.  This new entity ... Read More »

Hypostasis, Proverbs Eight, and Wisdom Part Four

4      Proverbs 8 and Wisdom Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.  I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth was.  When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no fountains abounding with water.  Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought ... Read More »

Hypostasis in Biblical Literature Part Two

2      Hypostasis in Biblical Literature Until now, the phenomenon of hypostasis has been studied in the realm of the ANE which included Israelite extra-biblical texts.  Having seen that hypostasis was a real occurrence in the ancient world, one should expect to find passages in the Bible in other than the proposed Proverbs 8.  There are subsequently several other examples in ... Read More »

Hypostastis in the Second Temple Period Part Three

3      HYPOSTASIS IN THE SECOND TEMPLE PERIOD We now return to where the problem became the most apparent: the Second Temple Period.  This period was full of speculation about the coming one, the anointed of God, and the coming of God himself into the arena of mankind.  The new age would be free of Israel’s enemies and God would reign.  ... Read More »

Ancient Israelite Hypostasis Bibliography Part Five

BIBLIOGRAPHY Albright, W. F., ‘The Goddess of Life and Wisdom’, AJSL, (1920). Idem, “Some Canaanite-Phoenician Sources of Hebrew Wisdom,” In: Supplements to Vetus Testamentum III, Wisdom in Israel and the Ancient Near East, Leiden, (1969). Allen, J. P. Genesis in Egypt, Yale, (1988). Idem, The Cosmology of the Pyramid Texts in Religion and Philosophy in Ancient Egypt, New Haven, (1989). ... Read More »


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