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12 We shall evaluate the quality of these arguments in the third section of this study. Thus Gray maintains two not easily reconcilable views of the nature of kingship in the Ancient Near East in general and of king Keret in particular. First, the health of the king influences both the social and natural order, but, second, such a relation between the king and nature does not indicate that Keret is divine. Yet the very fact that the natural health of the king influences all nature means that the king serves as a paradigm of the laws of nature itself, or, to state the problem differently, the laws for the maintenance of the order of nature are extensions of the law of the nature of divinities.
Ginsberg cites bn-m //from line 10 as another example. The translation as adjectives is in 23 44 Ascribe to the Lord translation has been accepted by both Gray and Gordon. "Circuit" here is used in parallelism with the mountain of Baal. The circuit indicates the order or laws of nature by reference to the paths of celestial objects. The mountain of Baal represents this order as well. Line 8a: any him adr the vast circuit is groaning for you, any— The verb is cognate with the Hebrew 'nh meaning "to mourn"; 'nh is used in synonymously with >bl in Isa 3:26 and 9:8.
It was this group that was known for its trading connections with the Near East, and its home base was familiar to the Babylonians as Kaptara. There would be nothing particularly exceptionable in such a situation, but a firm statement on the matter awaits further archaeological information. In general it is impossible at the present time to formulate a reliable historical account of the Aegean peoples in the Bronze Age. It is the contention of the present writer, however, that both the glossed reference in Gen 10:14 and the subsequent mention of the Philistines in Deut 2:23 (where they are described as Caphtorim), Amos 9:7, and Jer 47:4 are correct in their different ways.