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The meaning of b̲r̲k̲ "to bless" in the Old Testament

Author: Christopher Wright Mitchell
Publisher: Atlanta, Ga. : Scholars Press, ©1987.
Dissertation: Ph. D. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1983
Series: Dissertation series (Society of Biblical Literature), no. 95.
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Material Type: Thesis/dissertation
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Wright Mitchell
ISBN: 1555400027 9781555400026 1555400035 9781555400033
OCLC Number: 13331622
Description: xiii, 207 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. Methodological considerations and the etymology of brk --
Methodology --
The etymology of brk --
Conclusions concerning the etymology of brk --
2. History of the interpretation of blessing --
Johannes Pedersen --
Sigmund Mowinckel --
Johannes Hempel --
Claus Westermann --
Gerhard Wehmeier --
Josef Scharbert --
3. God blessing man --
Promises of God's blessing --
The patriarchal blessing promises --
The covenantal blessing promises --
Wisdom retribution aphorisms --
The prophetic apocalyptic blessing promises --
Miscellaneous promises --
Statements of God's blessing --
statements of God's benediction --
4. Man blessing man --
Declarative human blessing --
The testamental blessing --
Divination blessing pronouncements --
Miscellaneous declarative blessings --
Optative benedictions --
The priestly blessing --
Prayers for blessing --
Greetings and farewells --
Thanksgiving benedictions --
Benedictions of praise and congratulations --
Psalmodic concluding benedictions --
Miscellaneous wishes --
3. Human benefaction. 5. The use of brk in the praise of God --
brk, piel in indicative statements --
The vow of praise --
The imperative call for praise --
baruk and meborak formulas with God as subject --
Euphemism: "Praise/worship" for "blaspheme" --
6. Conclusions --
God blessing man --
Man blessing man --
Man praising God --
Magic and blessing --
The power of the spoken word --
Power transfer and blessing --
Deliverance and blessing --
Some close synonyms of God blessing man.
Series Title: Dissertation series (Society of Biblical Literature), no. 95.
Responsibility: Christopher Wright Mitchell.

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