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Jun
12
comment Who or what is Rahab in Job?
Great answer! Also, just to clarify that the woman's name Rahab is spelt רחב, i.e. with a heth, and so is unrelated to Rahab with a hei.
Jun
2
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Jun
2
comment Synthesizing Differing Translations of Proverbs 18:24
Interesting observation! I don't have my BHS handy but maybe there's a manuscript variant?
May
31
comment Synthesizing Differing Translations of Proverbs 18:24
And this pun is apparently what tripped up the KJV translators (and/or Jerome)... Is lehithro‘ea‘ a verb from ra‘, meaning "come to evil", or from rea‘, meaning "to behave in a friendly manner"? The context is not super clear either way but I think the JPS and ESV have it best. [By the way @J.C. Salomon since the last vowel is a patah genuva technically the ‘ayin is pronounced after it l’hithro‘ea‘ rather than l’hithro‘e‘a. Pedantry, I know].
Apr
22
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Apr
16
comment Are kruvim also angels?
Who says that Ezekiel 28 is talking about Satan? I don't see any reference to Satan in this chapter.
Apr
8
comment Where is the citation of John 7:38 taken from?
I'm not sure if this is relevant to point out, or if everyone already knows this, but John 7:37 is a quotation from Isaiah 55:1. Is it possible that "as the Scripture has said" is referring back to that previous quotation?
Apr
3
comment Genesis 3:12: What is the underlying Hebrew word translated into English as “with me” (in KJV)?
Well, that's a different situation because the base verb is וַיִּקַח, and so the הָ is clearly a suffix. A mappiq is only used in ambivalent situations as a differentiation to indicate that a final ה is to be pronounced - as in, for example, אַרְצָהּ, "her land", vs. אַרְצָה, "to the land". Joüon does list a few examples of "3rd f. ה without mappiq" as "rare forms with suffixes" but I do not believe this is one of them.
Apr
3
comment Genesis 3:12: What is the underlying Hebrew word translated into English as “with me” (in KJV)?
Just butting in: As far as I know, 'immi and 'immadi are synonymous prepositions from עם, (the root is actually ayin-mem-mem), with a 1s suffix. The dalet is a prolonging form with no semantic value (that I know of) - similar to the energic nun (that gets inserted in forms like mimmeka instead of mimkha). If anything it's possibly for prosodic value, i.e. more syllables. נָתַתָּה is, as noted, the 2ms of n.t.n. "to give". The qametz-he is NOT a 3fs suffix - if so it would have a mappiq (diacritic dot) to indicate that. In this case it is simply a scribal oddity of an extra mater lectionis.
Mar
29
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Mar
29
revised Blessed is the man who WALKS NOT or HAS NOT WALKED?
refined point about participles in Biblical Hebrew and added citation
Mar
28
answered Blessed is the man who WALKS NOT or HAS NOT WALKED?
Mar
19
answered Did King Ahaz find a virgin mother?
Mar
8
comment What is the difference between ζωὴ and ψυχὴ?
I think some of the Greek words got mixed up... ψυχὴ (psukhe) is what is translated as "soul/person/mind/etc." and refers to our own lives. ζωὴ (zoe) is translated as "life/living" and refers to the concept of life itself.
Feb
7
comment Why did the tabernacle use the colors blue, purple and scarlet?
As it turns out, yes, @MonicaCellio, we do have some archaeological evidence of overdyeing in Biblical Israel. Dr. Zvi Koren (an expert on ancient Near Eastern textiles) briefly discusses a garment with a stripe of "purple" produced by overdyeing first with madder and then woad (picture on pg. 172, discussion on pg. 174): edelsteincenter.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/… But that is not argaman, even if it might have approximately the same colour... Later in the article he discusses a fabric found at Masada dyed with actual argaman purple, pp. 184-186.
Feb
7
comment Why did the tabernacle use the colors blue, purple and scarlet?
Oh, now I feel guilty! But leaving my feelings aside, I think you're right. The point that I was trying to make was that when we think of "blue", we're thinking of the generic colour. But "tekheleth" is not a colour, it's a specific material dye made in a specific way (in this case, from the Murex trunculus shell). Same with argaman and shani. In our minds, "purple" is made from "red" and so they are related in that way; but argaman is not made from shani, so we really have to think about each "colour"/dye on its own terms, and then how they are related to each other in Biblical usage.
Feb
7
answered Why did the tabernacle use the colors blue, purple and scarlet?
Feb
7
answered What do pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet material look like?
Feb
5
answered What does “when children come to the moment of birth and there is no strength” mean in this context?
Jan
31
answered Is Elijah fed by ravens or Arabians?