Land of the Bible: Wadi Qelt: the road from Jerusalem to Jericho

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  1. A lovely reminder of our trip in 2010 – thanks. Those wadi floods are not exactly ‘still waters’. I was thinking more of the contrast expressed in Psalm 42, like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks… but one book (Goulder on the Psalms) I read theorizes that the Elohist Psalms arise from the North in Dan around mount Hermon rather than the southern gorges. I think of them as being a metaphor for the Exile where the Name could not be used due to distance from Jerusalem – (well, maybe).

    1. Somehow I missed this comment, (a glitch in the system?) I rather like Goulder’s argument concerning the northern origin of some (Zion?) psalms. But then I like the thought of Scripture sometimes reusing and repurposing old texts.

      The “northern” texts about water are easier for NZ readers to understand, the ones set in the dry “pastures” of the Judean wilderness are less easy for people here to intuit.

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