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139. , 265–69. 140. , 265–67. 141. , 245:36–44. 143 Though compatible with Marduk’s voluntary destruction of his own city, this motif moves toward the earlier view of Sennacherib in underscoring Marduk’s subordination to Ashur. 144 Unlike Esarhaddon and Ashurbanipal, who refused to castigate Sennacherib explicitly, the Neo-Babylonian king makes it clear that the Assyrian was guilty of sacrilege. 149 Moreover, Nabonidus, who was just as devoted to many of the Assyrian gods as to Marduk, very interestingly disassociates himself from these actions of Marduk.

M. Cross and P. : St. Anthony’s Guild), 342. . Ibid. 40 The hand of the lord pll is elsewhere used only with human subjects. Note particularly Ezek 16:52 and Ps 106:30, where humans intervene, in one fashion or another, to deflect the just anger of God.  If, however, one sinned against Yahweh himself, who could intercede for such a man? The sacrificial system existed, in part, as a way of reconciling sinful man to Yahweh, but when the priests despised the offering of Yahweh, they destroyed their sole link to forgiveness.

The analogy, therefore, would suggest that we read the MT as it is. In verse 17, the messenger (called here a mbśr though that term usually refers to the bearer of good news, news of victory, not of defeat; this is the only clear exception) reports in detail the results of the battle. Four things have happened according to the report: — Israel has fled. — The people, or troops, have suffered a great slaughter. — Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas have been killed. — The ark of God has been captured.

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