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Wed Apr 9 19:38:25 EDT 2008
Personally, I am reluctant to dismiss Masoretic pointing unless a
motivated reason can be articulated more sound than simply that "it
reads better". That is, for a repointing or emendation to carry weight
it needs to (a) provide some explanation of the text as it stands since
presumably the text was reasonably coherent to the Masoretes; and (b)
provide some explanation for how the text came to deviate from the
original reconstructed reading.
So currently we have been treating the first issue -- the text as it
currently stands. You propose a reconstructed text but need to give some
outline as to how this was altered from a noun to a verb.
> Thanks, you all, interesting responses.
> First of all, Noah does not come from the root NXM, rather the two are
> to be
> taken together as part of a story. Not all the names where the reason for
> the name is the same as the etymology of the words used in the reason.
> In Job 42:6, is NXM a verb, or a noun NXMH with the first person singular
> possessive suffix? Does it not read better as the latter? "For this
> reason I
> am rejected and my consolation is upon dust and ashes."
> I'm beginning to wonder if this verb is similar to parakaleo in Greek,
> the "calling to one's side" is often used for the derivative purposes of
> consoling, upbraiding, instructing, encouraging, etc. and the best way to
> translate it is not for the primary action of calling aside, rather the
> derivative meanings? So here the primary meaning refers to the action of
> turning back, with the derivative understandings of turning back from
> mourning (consolation), turning back from an action (repent), turning back
> from approval (regret), and so forth?
> Karl W. Randolph.
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