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In this work an up-to-date bibliography on the issue under review can be found (pp. 519-520). 31 32 Shemaryahu Talmon was fully exploited by P. Humbert. 5 In Humbert's analysis, the "desert" is for Hosea the ideal period in Israel's history. 6 In the prophet's teaching it also crystallizes into the goal toward which he strives to guide the nation : "Retour aux conditions de la vie de l'époque mosaïque, tel est... " Thus the desert was introduced into the basic concepts of Yahwistic religion as a factor of major importance.
Whenever such information is offered and whenever desert life is reflected in Biblical imagery, they give witness to a deep-seated aversion to and a great fear of such conditions, not a longing for them. This point will be further considered at a later stage. Second, little support can be derived from our sources for the attempted presentation of desert life as a social ideal and of the desert period as an ideal period in the conceptual framework of the Biblical writers. The representatives of the Bedouin in Biblical typology are Ishmael and, to a certain degree, Esau.
Kupper, Lei Nomades en Mesopotamie aux temps des rois de Mari (Paris, 1957). 18. C. H. Gordon, "Abraham and the Merchants of Ura," Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 17:28-31 (1958); see also W. F. Albright, "Abram the Hebrew : A N e w Archaeological Interpretation," Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, 163:38-40 (1961); C. H. Gordon, "Abraham of Ur," in Hebrew und Semitic Studies Presented to G. R. Driver, ed. D . Winton Thomas and W. D. McHardy (Oxford, 1963), pp. 78-84. 19. C.
Biblical Motifs. Origins and Transformations by Alexander Altmann (ed.)