By Raymond de Hoop
This article offers with the "blessing of Jacob" (Genesis forty nine) in all its facets, discussing philological, literary and old difficulties. After an introductory bankruptcy a translation of Genesis forty nine and an research of its poetical constitution are offered, the textual content encompasses a dialogue of the genre-definition "tribal announcing" (Stammesspruch), and a synchronic and diachronic research of Genesis forty nine in its literary context. the result of the research are ultimately mentioned on the subject of Israel's heritage. Raymond de Hoop means that basically a part of the "blessing" functioned in the deathbed account (Genesis 47:29-49:33), reflecting the historic state of affairs of the time of the foundation. Afterwards it used to be completely labored up, asserts de Hoop, into its current form to satisfy the stipulations of later political improvement.
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S, 4), Leuven 1995, 65-85. 129 DCH, vol. I, 26. n o t b e c o n c l u d e d t h a t an e t y m o l o g i c a l a p p r o a c h is n o w a d a y s a b a n d o n e d , n o r t h a t it is c o n s i d e r e d t o be s u p e r f l u o u s . O n t h e c o n t r a r y , t h e e i g h t e e n t h e d i t i o n of t h e Genenius, w h e r e t h e w o r d s f r o m cogn a t e l a n g u a g e s a r e still listed, as well as t h e r e c e n t c o n t i n u a t i o n of t h e p r o j e c t by D. C o h e n on t h e d i c t i o n a r y of S e m i t i c r o o t s , s h o w s t h a t t h i s a p p r o a c h is still active.
95 Barr, Comparative Philology, 70-5. 96 Barr, Comparative Philology, 70. 97 Barr, Comparative Philology, 72. 98 Barr, Comparative Philology, 72-3. The assumption that the text was transmitted mechanically is sometimes elaborated by those who think that the Masoretes fixed the pronunciation in the vocalisation even when they did not understand it; cf. p. 11, n. 56 above. 99 Cf. also Lettinga, 'Tale Kanaans', 7-10. However, this might argue against the assumption that the Masoretes sometimes fixed the pronunciation without understanding it (p.
C. de Moor, "The Art of Versification in Ugarit and Israel, I: The Rhythmical Structure", in: Y. Avishur, J. 114 S o m e of t h e p r o p o s a l s for t h e t r a n s l a t i o n of H e b r e w t e x t s b a s e d on U g a r i t i c will i l l u s t r a t e t h e r e l e v a n c e of U g a r i t i c for o u r u n d e r s t a n d i n g of G e n e s i s 49: • A g r a m m a t i c a l f e a t u r e is t h e so-called enclitic mem, o n e of t h e m o s t c o n f u s i n g p a r t i c l e s of U g a r i t i c b e c a u s e it is difficult t o est a b l i s h its precise m e a n i n g .