[b-hebrew] Genesis 2:6
George F Somsel
gfsomsel at juno.com
Sun Sep 25 11:59:20 EDT 2005
On Sun, 25 Sep 2005 17:33:46 +0300 "Vadim Cherny" <VadimCherny at mail.ru>
> Does anyone know why 'ed in Genesis 2:6 is translated "mist"? This
> rendering has nothing to do with the root meaning, and both here and
> in Job "to turn" is more likely translation, assuming a derivation
> from aleph-holam-dalet.
> Genesis 2:5 ends with, "Man was not there to work the ground."
> Genesis 2:6, "He [man] would turn, he would rise out of the earth,
> would water the whole face of the ground." The man was formed from
> earth to water it.
> Genesis 2:7, "Lord God begot the man, dust of the earth he [the man]
> breathed into his nostrils, essence of life; the man was for a
> living soul."
> Translation "the mist" doesn't make much sense: if we assume that
> the earth was waterless, then where the mist came from? Besides,
> Genesis 1:7 explicitly mentions that the earth included much water.
> Vadim Cherny
Just where do you propose to find "man" in Gen 2.6? I note that you
supply it, by there is no word )DM in the text. Your proposal if far
more insupportable in that you simply ignore )"D. As a matter of fact,
)"D in 2.6 is, according to HALOT represented in Akkadian by edu
"inundation." What is therefore pictured is a natural irrigation rather
than one dependent upon the efforts of man. It would seem to make
perfectly good sense in the context.
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