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by Isaac Fried
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genesis 2:6 and the aspects
Replies: 4
Views: 36

Re: Genesis 2:6 and the aspects

It appears to me that in Gen. 2:5 וְכֹל שִׂיחַ הַשָּׂדֶה טֶרֶם יִהְיֶה בָאָרֶץ וְכָל עֵשֶׂב הַשָּׂדֶה טֶרֶם יִצְמָח יִצְמָח = היא-צמח , with the attached personal pronoun היא , 'he', referring to the grass. Hebrew developed multi-linearly, rather than linearly, and the latter confluent language acqu...
by Isaac Fried
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: the word "thigh"
Replies: 7
Views: 71

Re: the word "thigh"

Here it is once again חֲגוֹר חַרְבְּךָ עַל יָרֵךְ גִּבּוֹר הוֹדְךָ וַהֲדָרֶךָ KJV: "Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty." NIV: "Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty." But both are more tha...
by Isaac Fried
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: the word "thigh"
Replies: 7
Views: 71

Re: the word "thigh"

It is a good question in view of the fact that, indeed, a final ך may stand for a personal pronoun. Ps. 45:4(3) says חֲגוֹר חַרְבְּךָ עַל יָרֵךְ גִּבּוֹר הוֹדְךָ וַהֲדָרֶךָ where חַרְבְּךָ = חרב-אכה הוֹדְךָ = הוֹד-אכה הֲדָרֶךָ = הדר-אכה In all these, אָכַה is a variant of אַתָּה , 'you', here, 'belo...
by Isaac Fried
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: the word "thigh"
Replies: 7
Views: 71

Re: the word "thigh"

The fraction רך of יֶרֶךְ , 'thigh' (as well as of בֶּרֶךְ , 'knee') indicates reference to a "soft", or movable body part. By analogy also any lower or further part, as in 1Sam. 24:3 וְשָׁם מְעָרָה וַיָּבֹא שָׁאוּל לְהָסֵךְ אֶת רַגְלָיו וְדָוִד וַאֲנָשָׁיו בְּיַרְכְּתֵי הַמְּעָרָה ישְׁבִי...
by Isaac Fried
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Targum Onqelos on Genesis 2:5
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: Targum Onqelos on Genesis 2:5

The letter (actually the uniliteral Hebrew root of loftiness) ל L appears in the words עֲלֵה ALEH, 'leaf', as in Gen. 3:7 and 8:11. Also in the tree, אילן , names אֵלָה ELAH, and אַלּוֹן ALON (notice the dagesh in the letter ל following the patax under the letter א ), as in Gen. 35:4-8. The tree nam...
by Isaac Fried
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Targum Onqelos on Genesis 2:5
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: Targum Onqelos on Genesis 2:5

The ending אן AN is commonly used now in spoken Hebrew to assign a property, say, רחמן = רחם-אן , 'compassionate', (see also Lamentations 4:10), and then, רחמנוּת = רחמן-הוּא-את , 'mercifulness, pity'. The English equivalent seems to be the ending -ist = is-it, as in Talmudist = Talmud-is-it. In the...
by Isaac Fried
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Targum Onqelos on Genesis 2:5
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: Targum Onqelos on Genesis 2:5

The fraction אִיל IL of אִילָן indicates elevation, loftiness, while the ending אַן AN is possibly a personal pronoun as in אָנִי, ANIY, 'I', namely, "I am tall, I am high, I reach up", methinks.

Isaac Fried, Boston University
by Isaac Fried
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ps 139:4
Replies: 16
Views: 267

Re: Ps 139:4

What is on the poet's mind may be gathered from his train of thought, his moral agenda and his doctrinal thesis. To translate his poetry into plain language we may have to have recourse to more of our own words. Here are his words in verses 1-5: לַמְנַצֵּחַ לְדָוִד מִזְמוֹר יהוה חֲקַרְתַּנִי וַתֵּדָ...
by Isaac Fried
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ps 139:4
Replies: 16
Views: 267

Re: Ps 139:4

Yes, indeed! the original Hebrew text is
אֵין מִלָּה בִּלְשׁוֹנִי הֵן יהוה יָדַעְתָּ כֻלָּהּ
NIV: "Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely."
without the שקר ἄδικος.

Isaac Fried, Boston University
by Isaac Fried
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ps 139:4
Replies: 16
Views: 267

Re: Ps 139:4

What
כי אין מלת שקר בלשוני
הן יהוה ידעת כלה

is saying is this:
"That there is even not one false word upon my tongue God can vouch for me as he knows all I say."
Methinks

Isaac Fried, Boston University

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