Gen 2:17: Dying thou shalt die

Bill Ross wross at
Sat Aug 19 17:02:37 EDT 2000

The literal of Gen 2:17 seems to be:

...dying thou shalt die...

which is generally translated "thou shalt surely die"

* is this a fairly certain translation? could it be taken unidiomatically?

* does the construct appear elsewhere in Scripture?

* does anyone respectable champion another reading?

Thanks for any help,

Bill Ross

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