Samaritan Exodus 15:3Samaritan Penteteuch
2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him. 3 The LORD is a hero in war: the LORD is his name. 4 Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.
7 Look up, you gates. Rise up, you eternal doors. Then the majestic king will enter. 8 Who is this majestic king? The Lord who is strong and mighty. The Lord a mighty man in battle. 9 Look up, you gates. Rise up, you eternal doors. Then the majestic king will enter. 10 Who is this majestic king? The Lord of Heaven’s Armies. He is the majestic king. (Selah)
Notes and References
"... Nowhere else in Scripture is God depicted as a “man” ... The reading in the Samaritan Pentateuch is best explained as an attempt to soften this image with the literarily synonymous but theologically more acceptable “hero” of war, which could be understood as a description of YHWH’s actions as opposed to the deity’s person. This variant is not a reflection of the views of the Samaritan community per se, and was likely part of the Pre-Samaritan layer of that text, which was created by Jews in the Second Temple period (which is why texts of this sort were found in Qumran). It is thus possible that the author of Psalm 24 was aware of the reading now included in the SP’s text, and was alluding to it in his description of YHWH ..."
Tov, Emanuel God as a Warrior, Exodus 15:3 (pp. 1-3) Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2023
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