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The Priestly Blessing in Inscription and Scripture: The Early History of Numbers 6:24-26

Jeremy D. Smoak


This book presents a synthesis of recent discoveries bearing upon the early history and function of the biblical priestly blessing of Numbers 6:24–26. The book gives special focus to the importance of the discovery of the blessing on two silver amulets from Jerusalem dating to the late Iron Age and several other Iron Age inscriptions containing parallels to the blessing. The analysis of the inscriptions provides a new way to approach the meaning and significance of the instructions for the blessing in the biblical book of Numbers. The study argues that the writing of the blessing within the bo ... More

Keywords: priestly blessing, Ketef Hinnom amulets, apotropaic magic, book of Numbers, Ekron inscription, Kuntillet ‘Ajrud inscription, blessing, Israelite religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199399970
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199399970.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy D. Smoak, author
Lecturer in Hebrew Bible, University of California Los Angeles