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if at math.bu.edu
Tue Apr 29 02:21:34 EDT 2008
Rashi, after saying W-AL TI-TMAH for the plural, brings there, in
Genesis 20:13, the example of Samuel 7:13, where King David, in one
of his more expansive poetical moments, says: A$ER HALKU ELOHIM
LIPDOT LO L(AM, but the verse ends on an ambiguous note, possibly due
to the good king becoming giddy out of shear reverential excitement.
I see also that Unkelos endeavors to translate Genesis 20:13 by quite
וַהֲוָה כַּד טְעוֹ עַמְמַיָּא בָּתַר
עוּבָדֵי יְדֵיהוֹן יָתִי קָרֵיב
יְיָ לְדַחְלְתֵיהּ מִבֵּית אַבָּא
all in an effort to avoid a plural reference to an act by the God of
In Psalms 58:12 King David is at it again.
Isaac Fried, Boston University
On Apr 29, 2008, at 12:55 AM, Yaakov Stein wrote:
> After my last email I thought of HBH NRDH WNBLH and N)$H (DM,
> but I just received my daily digest and see that these were already
> proposed. I agree with your interpretation that these are weaker
> as they seem to be God speaking to the angels.
> Here are some more (although you specifically asked for verb forms) :
> ELOHIM XYYM that appears sometimes,
> to be contrasted with ELOHIM XY in other places.
> ELOHIM QROBYM (LYW of Deut 4:6
> HELOHIM H(DYRYM of SamI 4:8
> (although in the mouths of Philistines)
> ELOHIM $OPTYM Psalms 58:12
> Yaakov (J) Stein
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