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Vow Formulae: Biblical Hebrew
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A vow is a sacred voluntary and conditional promise to dedicate oneself or members of one’s family or community to a special obligation that goes beyond usual social or religious requirements. Vows are explicitly voluntary, but once made, vows become binding. Hence, vows often involve promises of tangible gifts (frequently a sacrifice) to a deity if that deity responds positively to the petition…

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Naudé, Jacobus A., “Vow Formulae: Biblical Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 24 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_SIM_000578>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423, 20130809

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