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The Meaning of Būmâ in the Old Testament
A Study of Etymological, Textual and Archaeological Evidence


Part of Society for Old Testament Study Monographs

  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521104104

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  • This monograph is a study of the Hebrew word bama, which is used frequently in the Old Testament to describe cultic sites and has commonly been translated 'high place'. The word however occurs in a variety of contexts, which would indicate a wider range of meanings. By careful analysis of these occurrences in the Old Testament and by comparison with cognate words in Semitic languages and with the translations in the Septuagint, the author attempts to categorise these meanings and to challenge certain current views. Three groups of meanings of bama emerge from this study: topographical, as in 'hillside' and possibly 'grave-mound'; anatomical, as in 'backs' and possible 'beasts'; and cultic senses, as in 'cultic platform' (bamah) and by extension 'altar' and 'sanctuary'. This first book-length study of all aspects of the meaning of bama will be of interest equally to Old Testament scholars and archaeologists of the near East and is likely to be an invaluable monograph on its subject.

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    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521104104
    • length: 108 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 7 mm
    • weight: 0.15kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The derivation of the word bama
    Part II. The Old Testament evidence on the nature of bamoth
    Part III. Archaeological evidence on the nature of bamoth

  • Author

    Patrick H. Vaughan

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