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Apr
10
comment Why does the King James have “turtle” in Song of Solomon 2:12?
@swasheck: It is worth noting that in Hebrew there are separate terms for the related genuses "dove" (Columba), yonah, and "turtledove" (Streptopelia), tor (the latter may be the source of the Latin turtur, or they may both be independent onomatopoeic coinages). The verse mentioned in the question uses the latter; v. 14 of that chapter (and other places in Songs) use the former. So the KJV translators were probably trying to preserve that distinction, whereas NIV doesn't.
Feb
20
comment Does Gen 1:1 refer to day 1 or the entire 6 days of creation?
@FrankLuke: good point, and indeed Rashi there quotes that verse as an example of elliptical construction (with reishith and acharith there requiring an assumed davar, "word" or "matter"). ("Connected to the next word" means that the first word is in the construct state, "the X of" Y.) So he does allow that bereishith bara could theoretically mean "in the beginning [of everything] He created heaven and earth," but then rejects that on the grounds that 1:2 presupposes water to already exist, which would conflict with the notion that the first creations were heaven and earth.
Feb
19
comment Does Gen 1:1 refer to day 1 or the entire 6 days of creation?
@RonMaimon, it is true that Rashi is not reinterpreting bereishith, nor did I ever say he did. He says that bereishith presupposes a following gerund ("there is no reishith in the Bible that is not connected to the next word"), requiring bara to be reinterpreted as bero. What about that "doesn't pass the smell test," and what is the "zero textual backup"? What arguments can you bring to bear against it?
Feb
17
comment Does Gen 1:1 refer to day 1 or the entire 6 days of creation?
It's worth noting, too, that the commentary of Rashi takes all of 1:1-3 to be one long compound sentence: "In the beginning of God's creation... when the earth was without form and void... God said, 'Let there be light...'" His reasoning is based on the form of the Hebrew word bereishith, which is in construct form ("the beginning of"), and on a couple of other exegetical considerations; but this understanding might also dovetail with your point about vv. 1-2 not containing any verbs with waw-consecutive.