Chaos Uncreated: A Reassessment of the Theme of "Chaos" in by Rebecca S. Watson

By Rebecca S. Watson

This monograph provides a problem to the view that the Hebrew Bible comprises allusions to Yahweh’s conflict with chaos, exhibiting how the time period has been inappropriately utilized in quite a number contexts the place way more various spheres of images may still as an alternative be regarded. throughout the development of a cautious diachronic version (developed with specific connection with the Psalter), the writer offers a persuasive case for reversing universal assumptions concerning the improvement of Israelite faith, discovering in its place that the wrestle motif was once absent within the earliest interval, while the slaying of a dragon used to be attributed to Yahweh in simple terms in a particular monotheistic model, which arose from round 587 B.C.

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Mohr, 1912). S. M o w i n c k e l , The Psalms in Israel's Worship,2 vols. (Oxford: Blackwell, 1962; r e v i s e d and t r a n s l a t e d f r o m Offer sang og Sangoffer\ O s l o : A s c h e h o u g , 1951); Psalmenstudien, 6 vols. (Oslo: J. Dybwad, 1921-4), especially vol. 2 (1922), which is devoted to "Das Thronbesteigungsfest und der Ursprung der Eschatologie". 5 A m o r e general s u m m a r y of the results of psalms study to date is available in R. E. C l e m e n t s , A Century of Old Testament Study (Guildford: Lutterworth Press, revised edition 1983), ch.

57. Compare similarly L a m b e r t ' s assessment that "the Epic of Creation is not a norm of Babylonian or S u m e r i a n c o s m o l o g y . s. [1965] 287-300, p. 291). 20 T h e T h e m e of " C h a o s " in the Psalter: T h e State of the Question illustrious divine predecessors. Although motifs of theomachic combat 37 and of cosmic creation are elsewhere attested in Babylonian sources, there is no intrinsic connection between the two: creation frequently occurs by means other than Chaoskampf,38 and battles between the gods do not necessarily result in creation.

God's Conflict with the Dragon and the Sea ( C U P , 1985), pp. : Harvard University 1973), p. 16; P. Ricoeur, Philosophie de la Volonte: Finitude et Culpabilite Symbolique du Mal (Paris: Aubier, editions montaigne, 1960), pp. 167-198. 56 57 58 59 of his F. M . Press, II. La See chapter 1 n. 4 above. T h u s also L. L e g r a n d , " L a Creation, triomphe cosmique de Y a h v e " , Nouvelle Revue Theologique 83 (1961) 449-470. Day actually claims that the Hebrew references to this m y t h o l o g y are d e p e n d e n t on C a n a a n i t e precedents mainly on the basis of linguistic factors rather than on grounds of content (pp.

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