Abstract

According to Deut 4:7, Israel has a deity who is "near." While most studies that include this passage address other matters, almost none of them explore the meaning or background of the concept of "nearness" (קרבים). The purpose of this article is to examine the Hebrew root קרב, the ancient Near Eastern background of the "nearness" of the deities, and the interpretation of Deut 4:7 as a result of these findings and to explore what made or brought God "near."

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