40 days/nights

Jim West jwest at highland.net
Fri Sep 24 20:35:00 EDT 1999


At 12:15 AM 9/25/99 +0200, you wrote:
>What is the understanding of the number 40 as an idiom meaning a long time
>in  Biblical Hebrew.  Is this understanding legit?

yes- its merely a formulaic way of saying "a long time".  See any commentary
on, for instance, the 40 years in the wilderness.

>
>Should 40 days/nights be taken as lit. or as an idiom or both?

as a way of saying "a long time".

jim

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