Elmer Flor

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Walter Roehrs

Scripture References in this Resource

Deuteronomy 27:15-26; Joshua 8:30-35; Numbers 22:4-6; Joshua 6:26; Psalm 83:9-17; Numbers 22:6; 11; Psalm 7:12; Numbers 23:7; 8; Job 5:3; Genesis 26:28; Ezekiel 17:13; 16; 18; Deuteronomy 27:16; 1 Samuel 2:30; Deuteronomy 27:13; Deuteronomy 11:29; Deuteronomy 30:19; Exodus 22:27; Genesis 9:25; Genesis 49:7; Genesis 3:14; Leviticus 24:10-23; 1 Samuel 3:13; Genesis 3:17; Malachi 2:2; Genesis 4:11; Deuteronomy 28:17; 18; Joshua 6:26; 1 Samuel 14:14; 28; Jeremiah 11:3; Jeremiah 17:5; Jeremiah 20:14; 15; Job 3:8


The pericope of curses found in Deut. 27:15-26 presents several striking problems. The word for cursing as used in the pericope has a connotation of terrible doom. The passive form of the verb leaves the agent of the curse undetermined. Therefore it becomes necessary to establish the exact meaning of the word in the Hebrew and other Semitic languages in order to draw the significance of invoking a curse in the ancient world. The question then arises regarding the relationship between the practice of cursing in the Bible and in the ancient Near East.

Besides these problems, the present study will attempt to relate the pericope of curses in Deut. 27 to other passages of the Pentateuch which show similarity of form and content. The exact intention and content of these curses as well as the addressees will also be examined.

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