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Untangling σαβαχθανι (Matt 27:46 and Mark 15:34)

In: Novum Testamentum
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  • 1 , Akko
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Abstract

The word σαβαχθανι appearing in Jesus’ cry of despair in Matt 27:46 and Mark 15:34 may be read as the Hebrew סבכתני, “you have tangled me up.” On this reading, Jesus may be expressing his connection with the ram which Abraham sacrificed instead of his son Isaac, since that ram was described as being caught by the horns in a סבך (Gen 22:13).

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