Noam Mizrahi, “For None Is Like You” (Jer 10:6-7) A Hymnal Prayer and Its Place in Biblical Literature, Beit Mikra vol. 61 (2016), No. 2, The Bialik Institute
Jer 10:6-7 is a hymnal passage integrated into the MT of the prophetic unit of Jer 10:1-16 but missing from the LXX version—a fact that suggests that the passage was incorporated into the prophecy at a relatively late stage of the literary development of the prophecy. The present paper analyzes the passage, arguing that its literary properties demonstrate its original independence as a liturgical text.
Its leading theme is the notion of God’s incomparability to any other entity, and comparison of the passage under discussion to similarly formulated passages (2 Sam 7:22; 1 Kgs 8:23, 27; Ps 86:8-10) allows one to trace its relation to—and unique standing vis-à-vis—the general theological tradition reflected in such statements. The discussion also elucidated some text-critical issues raised by the passage, and it explores its linguistic background, which is probably to be sought in the exilic period. Finally, the function of the passage within the broader context of Jer 10:1-16 is discussed, in order to comprehend the possible motivation of its interpolation into its present position.