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Agreement עדות
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I. Name

The Hebrew word ʿēdût, formally an abstract noun (GK § 86 k) but perhaps originally a plural (cf. ʿēdôt), occurs about fifty times in the Hebrew Bible. It primarily designates a written document containing an agreement between two parties. Because in most Bible passages Yahweh is one of these parties, ʿēdût developped the connotation of ‘covenant’ and ‘covenantal stipulations’ (Simian-Yofre 1986:1125–1128). Its Semitic cognates, ʿdy in Aramaic and adû in Akkadian, refer to a sworn agr…

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F. van Koppen and K. van der Toorn, “Agreement עדות”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Agreement>

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