2 Ki 2:23-24

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at concentric.net
Mon Jul 16 14:54:38 EDT 2001


No, I am claiming that G-d wrote it, not ancient writers, that the Torah is
much more than a literary work, and that every single letter is there for a
reason, and that the reason is not for variety.

Shoshanna



Shoshanna,

Are you claiming that ancient BH writer(s) were incapable of free variation?
Is that a uniquely modern literary discovery? Is it not a acceptable
"reason" to use a particular word for literary/stylistic purposes alone?

(I am not intending to argue for free variation in this particular context
necessarily, but asking the larger question of whether it is possible in
general.)

Dan Wagner

----- Original Message -----
From: Shoshanna Walker <rosewalk at concentric.net>
To: Biblical Hebrew <b-hebrew at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2001 12:25 PM
Subject: Re: 2 Ki 2:23-24


>
> In the Torah, every single word is there for a reason, even some words are
> missing letters, etc. - it is all very precise.
>
> You can't really have a full understanding by just brushing it off as
> "variety"
>
> Rashi says that his voice was that of a youth.
>
> I don't have all the commentators in front of me, nor would I be able to
> understand them all, but they do address this.
>
> Shoshanna


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