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By Ehud Ben Zvi

Water is a crucial source and is generally stated as such. therefore it frequently serves as an ideological and linguistic image that stands for and inspires ideas significant inside a group. This quantity explores 'thinking of water' and ideas expressed via references to water in the symbolic method of the past due Persian/early Hellenistic interval and because it does so it sheds gentle at the social mindscape of the early moment Temple group.

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In sum, this study has shown that ‘water’ turned into a central semantic playground in which the community could express, formulate, reformulate and communicate in intelligible ways concepts that would have been difficult for them to express in other manners. Thinking of water was, to some extent, a way to facilitate thinking of a plethora of 23 I discussed this tendency elsewhere. See, for instance, my “On Social Memory and Identity Formation in Late Persian Yehud: A Historian’s Viewpoint with a Focus on Prophetic Literature, Chronicles and the Dtr.

The present exploration has shown that ‘water’ was associated with ‘birth’ and ‘death and destruction,’ with fertility and providing for life and also with causing doom, with images of a future, ideal Jerusalem and with Jerusalem’s calamity. ‘Water’ stood for both chaos and order. Water may be raging or quiet, threatening or comforting, or even Edenic. It may convey a sense of permanence and unfailing nature, as well as extreme impermanence. In other words, ‘water’ itself embodied fuzziness and the complementary character, from cognitive and social memory perspectives, of these seemingly mutually exclusionary oppositions.

Van Tilburg; Studies in Ancient Medicine 27; Leiden: Brill, 2004), 24–25, 47–48, 51–52. Cf. Siegfried Herrmann, Jeremia (BKAT 12/2; Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1990), 127–28. Sacred Springs and Liminal Rivers 31 The source of the living water is frequently located in the temple of Jerusalem (or the city of Jerusalem, which amounts to the same thing). 7 The image is reinforced in Ezekiel’s temple vision in Ezek 47, in which water runs from below the threshold of the entrance to the temple, growing into a mighty stream that flows to every part of the land, nourishing trees that bear fresh fruit every month, “because the water for them flows from the sanctuary” (v.

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