• Gudrun Lier University of Johannesburg
  • Lucas Cornelis Muller


In this article some of the previous considerations on the meaning and function of ×žÖ·×©×‚Ö¼Ö¸× in the prophetic literature of the Hebrew Bible are critically considered. The function of ×žÖ·Ö·×©×‚Ö¼Ö¸× is then reviewed by systematically analysing its use in various textual contexts throughout the Hebrew Bible to identify how this term was applied in popular speech, literature, and translation. An attempt is made to categorise מַשָּׂ×

into specific semantic domains in order to determine how the various ways in which ×žÖ·×©×‚Ö¼Ö¸× is used in prophetic literature compare with each other. It is suggested that the ×žÖ·×©×‚Ö¼Ö¸× -label not only came to be used as an emphatic marker but also functioned as a literary device, more specifically a mnemonic bridge, to bind maśśÄ’-prophecies together intertextually to form a virtual corpus.


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