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The Old Testament prophecy about the ass's foal of the Messiah and donkey-terminology

Almalech, Mony (2012) The Old Testament prophecy about the ass's foal of the Messiah and donkey-terminology. In: Biblical donkey. Kibea Publishing Company, Sofia, pp. 1-18. ISBN 9789544745905

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Abstract

The donkey is charged with a rich, important biblical symbolism. Usually the kings choose a strong and combatant animal for ceremonies – a thoroughbred horse, an imposing elephant or even a camel. Christ enters Jerusalem on “the foal of a she-ass”, as the king of the Jews. This is to fulfil the the tradition – David has a “royal she-ass” and Solomon is anointed as king on a “wild donkey”. It is either wisdom or stupidity for a king to ride an animal symbolizing love of peace and sexuality. According to other interpretations, the male donkey is related to the material domain with its flesh and strength, whereas those who ride it in ceremonies have mastered this aspect of the human being and society…. However, how do we account for the fact that in Hebrew the ass’s foal is not a diminutive of the word ‘donkey’, as well as the fact that the she-ass signifies ‘slow pace’ and has nothing in common with the jackass? And what does Solomon’s wild donkey signify? The book replies to these curious questions and to the riddle as to why the king of the Jews rides “the foal of a she-ass” and the king is of the tribe of Judah, of whom Jacob/Israel prophesies that he will untie his donkey, just as the apostles set free the ass’s foal for which Jesus Christ sent them…

Item Type:Book Section
Subjects:Language. Linguistics. Literature > Ancient languages
Language. Linguistics. Literature > Comparative linguistics
Language. Linguistics. Literature > Language
Logic.Ethics (Moral philosophy).Esthetics. > Theory of knowledge. Epistemology. Semiotic
Philosophy > Culture. Cultural studies. Philosophy of culture
Religion > Bible
Religion > Judaism
Sociology.Anthropology > Cultural anthropology
Translation studies
ID Code:1226
Deposited By: Professor Mony Almalech
Deposited On:07 Jun 2012 07:07
Last Modified:21 Dec 2012 10:13

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