[b-hebrew] Neh. 1:2
Lisbeth S. Fried
lizfried at umich.edu
Sun Feb 16 16:16:27 EST 2003
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> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Neh. 1:2
> Hi Liz,
> I have nothing to add to what Trevor wrote about the singular
> peletah. As
> far as the context, I remember reading somewhere (I don't have the
> reference on hand) an idea that the destruction of Jerusalem
> that Nehemiah
> had just heard about was NOT the destruction of 586/7, which
> would not have
> been news some 140 years later, but a more recent attack on the city,
> perhaps as a result of some rebellion in Ebernari during the
> first part of
> Artaxerxes' reign. I'm sure that you will find the reference.
I'm thinking now that the historian who compiled
Ezra-Nehemiah wrote Nehemiah 1 himself, and
that it is not part of the memoir.
I'm thinking now, as well, that this historian believed that
Nehemiah returned with the first return (Ezra 2:1).
The event that Hanani referred to was probably
the destruction of the temple and the city by Nebuchadnezzar.
If so, the captivity wouldn't have been very long in the
historian's eyes, no time at all, really.
Thus, the whole Persian period would have been 70 years,
from the time of the destruction of the temple to its dedication
I still don't know, tho, whether he had in mind people
who returned from captivity, or people who avoided
captivity altogether in Neh. 1:2 -- or both.
> At 09:37 PM 2/14/2003 -0500, Lisbeth S. Fried wrote:
> >Dear All,
> >Why is happleyTah in the singular in Neh. 1:2?
> >I'm starting to translate Ezra-Nehemiah (starting with Nehemiah)
> >so I'm going to be bothering you all a lot for the next few years
> >Thanks for the help now and all the anticipated future help.
> >Oh, and if anyone has any idea what the verse means, I'd like to hear
> >that too.
> >Liz Fried
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