hholmyard3 at earthlink.net
Sat Sep 8 21:56:28 EDT 2007
> Dear Harold
> The translations you cite are not ones that I would respect, for
> reasons that you all know. So let's not start an argument.
HH: You mentioned the translations, but you did not mention the
interpretations. You wrote:
>> Anyway, it couldn't mean "pierced", because the subject is the people
>> of Israel, how could you pierce a collection of people?
> HH: Even some Jewish interpreters have taken this to be an individual,
> not the people of Israel.
> Midrash Cohen
> ìElijah says to Messiah:îBear the suffering and punishment of thy Lord
> with which he chastises thee for the sins of Israel, as it is written,
> ëHe is pressed for our rebellion ñ crushed for our iniquitiesí until the
> end come"
> Midrash Thanhumi, Babylonian Talmud
> Rabbi Nahman says, the word ìman in the passageÖrefers to the Messiah,
> the son of David, as it is written, ìBehold the man whose name is Zemahî;
> there Jonathan interprets, Behold the man Messiah: as it is said, ìa man
> of pains and known to sickness.î
> Regarding the mission by which Messiah will present himself, Öhe will
> not commend himself to our veneration by reason of his noble extraction;
> but the marvelous deeds he perform will show him to be the anticipated
> MessiahÖIsaiah states, ìHe grew like a tender plant, and as a root out
> of dry land, î signifying, that his exact descent will not be known,
> till his successful career will direct peopleís attention to itÖBut a
> noteworthy circumstance will be that crowned heads will stand amazedÖSo
> they will come in utter silence, as Isaiah predicts, ìAt him will kings
> shut their mouths, for what had not been told unto them shall they see,
> and what they never heard they understand.
> Harold Holmyard
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