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Way דרך
(1,270 words)

I. Name

The swearing formula ḥy drk bʾr šbʿ (“As the way of Beersheba lives”, RSV), occurring in Am. 8.14, has caused problems to the interpreters ever since antiquity (Barstad 1984:191–201; Olyan 1991:121–127). The main problem with this text concerns the rendering of drk with ‘way’, ‘road’. Even if drk may be translated also with ‘manner’ or ‘custom’, both the use of the verb ‘to swear’ + ḥy, as well as the context, indicates strongly that we have a reference to some kind of deity in this text.

II. Identi…

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H. M. Barstad, “Way דרך”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 19 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Way>



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