Re: Parapola's Assyrian King is a Sacred Tree ?
> form of dates. It may even be that the Bible's imagery of comparing mightyWould this actually be necessary? We must not forget that in biblical times
> kings like Pharaoh and the Assyrians to towering Cedar trees is recalling
> Mesopotamian imagery ?
there were towering cedars immediately to Israel's north, in Lebanon, an
area controlled by the Phoenicians, with whom the Israelites traded for this
precious wood, anyway.
Therefore, their own local imagery--actual as it was--would be far more
appropriate than suggesting an unnecessary link much further "around the
horn" of the fertile crescent.