God of Heaven and Sheol: The "Unearthing" of Creation

  title={God of Heaven and Sheol: The "Unearthing" of Creation},
  author={Scott B. Noegel},
  journal={Hebrew Studies},
  pages={119 - 144}
Abstract:In this contribution I argue that in Gen 1:1 must mean "the underworld." After surveying evidence for rendering as "underworld" elsewhere in the Hebrew Bible, and examining cognate evidence from Mesopotamia and Ugarit, I contend that, as a merism, reading and as "the heavens and the underworld" here makes better sense in terms of Israelite cosmology. I then illustrate how attention to the cosmological merism improves our understanding of the biblical creation and of several other… Expand
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