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2 T ou m ay 1962:481. 3 C f. a ls o Fish bane 1985:81. “* T ou m ay 1962:482-489. 1. The H is t o r y o f I n t e r p r e t a t io n 22 c o u rs e , as w ith m ost assumed a l t e r a t i o n s in th e ΜΓ th e o r i g i n a l t e x t can n o t be r e c o n s tr u c t e d w ith c e r t a i n t y . W ith r e g a r d t o T o u m a y 's s o lu t io n o f th e t e x t - c r i t i c a l p roblem s o f I s a 38:16 i t can a ls o b e rem arked t h a t i t is n o t c l e a r why somebody w ou ld have w anted t o change th e p ro p o s ed o r i g i n a l te x t; f o r j u s t as in th e t e x t a c c o r d in g t o th e MI th e e x p r e s s io n "t h e l i f e o f my s p i r i t " m igh t have been a s s o c ia t e d w ith th e hope f o r e t e r n a l l i f e .

The H is t o r y o f I n t e r p r e t a t io n 30 taken f o r g ra n te d in th e o l d e r s tu d ie s o f th e O ld Testam en t c o n c e p tio n s o f a fte r life as w e l l 1. The a n im is t ic " s o u l" was i d e n t i f i e d by m ost s c h o la r s w it h th e O ld T estam en t » 3 3 . Even F r e y , who c h a lle n g e d th e th e o r y o f a w o rsh ip o f th e dead in I s r a e l , s t a t e s : ben an s ic h , "Da nun d ie »33 n ic h t das L e ­ sondern das i n d i v i d u e l l e x i s t ie r e n d e Leben i s t , so e r g i b t s ic h h ie r a u s d i e V o r s t e llu n g von e i n e r i n d iv id u e lle n F o r t e x is t e n z des Menschen nach dem T od e , r i c h t i g e r s e in e r »3 3 , e in e V o r s t e llu n g , d ie a lle n V ö lk e rn gemeinsam i s t , s e l b s t a u f d e r p r im it iv e n S tu fe d e r E rk e n n tn is .

B e ­ low ) . Tournay assumes t h a t th e MT o f Job 14:12 i s a ls o th e r e s u l t o f a d e l i b ­ e r a t e a d a p tio n t o th e b e l i e f in th e r e s u r r e c t io n o f th e dead. The o r i g i n a l li*73. o f th e v e r b Π^2, " t o d is a p p e a r" w ou ld have been changed t o r e s u lt e d in a h o p e fu l m essage: T h is " U n t i l th e h eavens a r e no m ore, he w i l l n o t w a k e ", whereas th e p ro p o s ed o r i g i n a l t e x t d e n ie d th e id e a o f a p o s s ib le r e s u r r e c t io n : A ls o th e "Even when th e h eaven s w ould d is a p p e a r, man w i l l n o t a w a k e"3.

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