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Water is a crucial source and is greatly said as such. therefore it usually serves as an ideological and linguistic image that stands for and inspires ideas important inside a group. This quantity explores 'thinking of water' and ideas expressed via references to water in the symbolic process of the overdue Persian/early Hellenistic interval and because it does so it sheds mild at the social mindscape of the early moment Temple group.

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Joseph Fontenrose, Didyma: Apollo’s Oracle, Cult, and Companions (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988), 81–82. Iamblichus, De Myst. 11 (127:11–13); see Emma C. Clarke, John M. Dillon, and Jacksen P. Hershbell, Iamblichus: De mysteriis: Translated with Introduction and Notes (SBLWGRW 4; Atlanta: SBL, 2003), 148–49. For example, the famous Sacred Spring at Corinth is not known as an oracle site. See Guy D. R. Sanders, “The Sacred Spring: Landscape and Traditions,” in Corinth in Context: Comparative Studies on Religion and Society (ed.

For an exception see Lev 20:18). For ‘great food’ and Wisdom, see also Prov 24:13–14. 20 Ehud Ben Zvi metaphor of thirst for water and hunger for bread (Amos 8:11). ” One may mention expressions such as ‫ּומ ְַׁרוֶה גַם־‬ ‫יֹורא‬ ֶ ‫“ הּוא‬one who gives water/teaches” (Prov 11:25), which clearly evokes an image of ‘watering’ or ’raining’ while at the same time conveying a sense of teaching. This text asks the community to conceptualize teaching as ‘water,’ and the teacher as both a recipient and distributor of ‘water,’ that is, wisdom.

To be sure, there are other enlivening fountains, and all partake in a network of meanings. For instance, “the fear of YHWH is a giving life fountain” (Prov 14:27). As is well known, by the late Persian/early Hellenistic period, “the fear of YHWH” was closely associated with W/wisdom (cf. Prov 1:7; 9:10; 15:33; Ps 111:10). Thinking of W/wisdom in terms of ‘water’ draws attention to other aspects of W/wisdom. For instance, there is a well-known image of personified Wisdom inviting people to come to her banquet (Prov 9).

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