End of Malachi: Kherem.
lewreich at javanet.com
Mon Feb 21 14:35:33 EST 2000
That's an interesting thought. I knew that qds (which is usually translated
as "holy") has a basic meaning of dedicated to or devoted to, but hadn't
heard that about khrm, which I'd thought had to do with being restricted, or
----- Original Message -----
From: Bill Ross wrote:
> My understanding is that it literally means "devoted" and hence can apply
> * a "harem" of women devoted to the sultan's good pleasures
> * prisoners of war devoted to destruction
> * a people on an inviolable path to destruction (hence, cursed)
> Bill Ross
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lewis Reich [mailto:lewreich at javanet.com]
> Sent: Monday, February 21, 2000 12:33 AM
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: End of Malachi: Kherem.
> I happened to look at a translation of the last two verses of Malachi
> and was somewhat surprised to see "pen avo v'hiketi et ha'aretz kherem"
> (my apologies for not following our usual transliteration scheme)
> as "lest I come and strike the land with a curse".
> The traditional Jewish commentaries indicate that some dire destruction or
> desolation is portended here, which is not what I associate with the
> meaning of "kherem", but strikes me as a reasonable interpretation. What
> puzzled me is why the English would have "curse", rather than, say "strike
> the land desolate"..
> Is this the generally accepted rendering in English (I have only one
> translation at hand)?
> Lewis Reich
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