notes on 2:1-3

See the general remarks on this series of oracles.

People and places

Moab was between Edom and Ammonite territory to the East of Jordan. The land was high and relatively well watered, so productive of grain, flocks & herds (2 Kgs 3:4 claims that Mesha presented Jehoram with huge flocks as tribute).

Kerioth, is mentioned on the Moabite Stone (found at Dhiban, king Mesha's capital in the 9th century BCE) as a sanctuary of Chemosh. Whether it was the chief city of Moab a century later, we do not know.

Language and Imagery

Once again the punishment is warfare, fire and death for king and leaders.



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