BKHD № 2 (6) 2020

The Concept of ‘Knowledge’ in the Pentateuch and the Books of the Prophets. Part I: Background and Vocabulary

Yury N. Arzhanov
Doctor habilitatus
Researcher of Austrian Academy of Sciences Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna, Austria yury.arzhanov@oeaw.ac.at

For citation: Arzhanov, Yury N. “The Concept of ‘Knowledge’ in the Pentateuch and the Books of the Prophets. Part I: Background and Vocabulary”. Bible and Christian Antiquity, No 2 (6), 2020, pp. 105–131 (in Russian). DOI: 10.31802/2658-4476-2020-2-6-105-131

Abstract. The article is considered as a first part in a series of publications focused on the concept of knowledge in the first two parts of the Old Testament canon, in the Pentateuch and the Prophets. It includes a general introduction in the topic and an overview of the scholarly literature dealing with it. The article also suggests a list of the main Hebrew terms dealing with various forms of knowledge, with its acquisition by means of sensation and learning. The Old Testament does not contain an abstract concept of knowledge. This turns out to be the main characteristic of the phenomenon of knowledge, which makes a decisive impact on our under- standing of this phenomenon by means of a scholarly inquiry.

Keywords: Hebrew Bible, Pentateuch, Prophets, knowledge, acquisition of knowledge, learning.
The Bible and lexical analysis