By W. Boyd Barrick
This research concludes that the non-cultic note BMH is absolutely *bomet, sporting basically (if no longer regularly) an anatomical feel approximate to English "back," occasionally extended to the "body" itself. The word bmty->rs (Amos 4:13, Micah 1:3, and CAT 1.4 VII 34; additionally Deut. 32:13a, Isa. 58:14ab-ba, and Sir. 46:9b) derives from the foreign mythic imagery of the Storm-God: it refers initially to the "mythological mountains," conceptualized anthropomorphically, which the god surmounts in theophany, symbolically expressing his cosmic victory and sovereignty. There is not any example the place this observe (even 2 Sam. 1:19a and 1:25b) is unequivocally a topographical reference.
The implications of those findings for picking the bamah-sanctuary are in short considered.
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A. Callaway, “Village Subsistence at Ai and Raddana in Iron Age I,” in The Answers Lie Below: Essays in Honor of Lawrence Edmund Toombs (ed. H. O. Thompson; New York: University Press of America, 1984), 51–66; L. E. Stager, “The Archaeology of the Family in Ancient Israel,” BASOR 260 (1985): 1–35; Edelman, “Saul’s Journey,” 56. A partial site plan is published in W. G. 92 Homeric CXNP K is roughly contemporary or a little later: W. Burkert reminds us of the incontrovertible fact that the text of Homer [that] we have is neither Mycenaean nor oral but was written down in the Phoenician-Greek alphabet some time in the Late Geometric or Orientalizing period.
66 This exegetical possibility brings Hebrew 9>3 into the semantic range of Greek CXNP K. 1. ” It is ﬁrst attested in Homer, usually in this technical sense, but once in reference to some sort of stand on which a chariot could be placed when not in service (Il. 441) and once in reference to the pedestals of statues used to illuminate a banquet-hall (Od. 100). ”69 61. Kogan and Tishchenko, “Lexicographic Notes on Hebrew bamah,” 325. 62. For an overview and full bibliography, see R. D. Biggs, “Ebla Texts,” ABD 2:263–70.
Waldbaum, “Early Greek Contacts with the Southern Levant, ca. 1000–600 BC: The Eastern Perspective,” BASOR 293 (1994): 53–66 (ﬁnding the earliest Greek pottery in the Levant to be Late Protogeometric/late tenth-century objects at Tyre and Rus el-Bassit [pp. 53–54], evidence of the “most casual contact” [p. 61], and the earliest imported pottery in Palestine to date to the ninth to eighth centuries [pp. 55–57]), and idem, “Greeks in the East or Greeks and the East? Problems in the Deﬁnition and Recognition of Presence,” BASOR 305 (1997): 1–17; cf.
BMH as Body Language: A Lexical and Iconographical Study of the Word BMH When Not a Reference to Cultic Phenomena in Biblical and Post-Biblical Hebrew by W. Boyd Barrick