End of Malachi: Kherem.
ben.crick at argonet.co.uk
Thu Feb 24 18:22:18 EST 2000
On Mon 21 Feb 2000 (01:33:07), lewreich at javanet.com wrote:
> The traditional Jewish commentaries indicate that some dire destruction
> or desolation is portended here, which is not what I associate with
> the literal 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)?
Probably; but IMHO the CheReM implies the total devotion to destruction
such as befell Joshua's Jericho (Joshua 4:17-18). The exception was the
silver, gold, brass and iron, which were QoDe$: consecrated for the use
of YHWH, as opposed to being destroyed for the glory of YHWH.
Following Adam's sin, the earth was "cursed" 'a:RuWRaH for his sake.
This 'aRaR is spelt out in detail in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. If that is not
bad enough, Malachi's CheReM is even worse, isn't it? Like Jericho's
Revd Ben Crick, BA CF
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