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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.

B e c h e re r, Ueber den Glauben der Juden an U nsterblich keit der menschlichen Seele vor der babyloni­ schen Gefangenschaft, München 1829. 2 F re y 1898:20. 3 G rü neisen 1900:41. “* T o rg e 1909:31-32; c f. a ls o M atth es 1901:327. 4 . Modem R esearch 31 A lth ou gh m ost s c h o la r s a g re e d w it h th e o p in io n t h a t th e I s r a e l i t e s knew o f an im m o rta l, s p i r i t u a l p a r t o f th e human b e in g , which le a v e s th e body w ith d ea th , i t was n o t e a s y t o g e t a c l e a r p ic t u r e o f t h i s from th e O ld T estam en t t e x t s .

B e r lin 1889 ( f i r s t p u b lis h e d in 1 88 7), I , p p . 387-427; S ch w a lly 1897; s e e a ls o th e s u rv e y s b y M a rg o lio u th 1908:444-450 and A a ld e r s 1914:19-37. 5 F o r a s u rv ey o f th e d is c u s s io n on t h i s s u b je c t betw een 1877 and 1906 s ee Obbink 1907. 2 1 . 1. 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 .

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