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An Ambiguous Oracle in the Prophecy against Elam (Jeremiah 49:34–39)

In: Vetus Testamentum
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  • 1 The Zalman Shamir Bible Department, Faculty of Jewish Studies, Bar-Ilan University440Ramat GanIsrael
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Abstract

Jeremiah 49:38, the penultimate verse in the Bible’s only prophecy against Elam, reads: “Then I shall set my throne in Elam and exterminate king and princes from there—declares Yhwh.” It is argued here that the verse has two plausible and quite different meanings, that it was designed to convey both, and that as such it is a deliberately ambiguous oracle.

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