1 King 7:14

i riegner iriegner at concentric.net
Thu Oct 26 21:56:12 EDT 2000

There's a similar construction with "zonah."  In Lev 21.7, the phrase
"ishshah zonah va-xalalah" occurs.  Technically, the "ishshah is unnecessary
since the other two words are feminine. English has something similar with
the phrase "widow woman."   "Ben-ishshah" may be a conventional expression
and the "almanah" then indicates the special status, this woman has (1 Kings
7.14).  Or "ishshah," "woman," is the general category of adult females, all
of whom are assumed to be married---the correct status of a woman.  The
descriptor following is included when the woman represents a deviation of
this category---i.e. she is not married but a widow.

i riegner
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From: Fernando Arias <fernando.arias at lycos.com>
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Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2000 7:54 PM
Subject: 1 King 7:14

> Dear Members,
> I have some questions related to 1 King 7:14:
> 1)Why does the Hebrew words translated as "widow's son" have the word
> 2)Why doesn't the original just use the word "almanah" (widow) alone
without the word "ishsha"?
> 3)Is there any other example in the Bible of such use of both words,
"ishsha" and "almanah"?
> Thanks in advance for your answers,
> Fernando.
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