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This is often an account of the increase and fall of the civilization within the Nile Valley, protecting the 1st human payment (c 120,000 BC) to its conquest by way of Alexander the nice in 333 BC.This is the 1st heritage of historic Egypt for 25 yearsBrings jointly the very most up-to-date textual and archaeological evidenceThe index, bibliography and appendices make this a useful reference toolNew advisor to extra examining in English specifically commissioned for the paperback variation

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The difference between professional and lay-prophecy is not that one (professional) is better than the other (lay). Instead, the distinction aims at recognising the emic distinction between the standing of various forms of divine-human ­communication. unable to create history. Someone to whom a deity talks, however, and who then decides to hand on the divine message of their own accord, would be an agent. 58 Ong (1987: 207) cited in Keller (2002: 109). 59 Heschel (2004) uses the example of Nazi theologians who proclaimed Hitler as a second Christ-figure.

This means that we have to be careful when examining our evidence; and we cannot even count on the fact that ‫ נביא‬will always mean ‘prophet’ in this sense, particularly not in earlier texts. 4 Comparing Corpora In the body of this study I analyse texts from Mari, the Neo-Assyrian imperial archives and the Hebrew Bible. In this section I discuss the reasons for not incorporating other material into this study. The reason for this lies mainly in the fact that no other corpora of texts contain more than one or two references to prophecy.

53 ‘As of this writing, we are in the third phase of Mari prophecy studies’, Sasson (1994: 301). g. Lafont (1984), Charpin (1992) and Durand (1993). 54 The spatial aspect includes two questions: ‘in which country or city does the prophecy occur’, and ‘in the context of which building, etc. ’ 55 I subsume a number of Sasson’s categories ‘native vocabulary, characteristic vocabulary, idiom and titles’ in my ‘vocabulary of prophecy’. 56 An exhaustive bibliography would be too long here, and thus a few examples have to suffice: Durand (1997a and 1997c), Fleming (2004), Frahm (2006), Grabbe (2000), Huffmon (2000 and 2004), Nissinen (1996, 2000d and 2000e), Pongratz-Leisten (2003), Roberts (1997) and van der Toorn (1998a); Compare these with some studies that ­conform with Sasson’s suggestion: Charpin (1995) and Sasson (1995b).

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