Gen 49:10 until tribute comes to him or Shiloh comes

Numberup at Numberup at
Thu Jun 21 11:38:51 EDT 2001

"Until tribute comes to him" is the rendering of the New Revised Standard Version
(NRSV) of 1989.  The JPS Tanach reads similarly: "So that tribute shall come to him,"
with the footnote: "Shiloh, understood as shai loh, "tribute to him," following
Midrash.  Hebrew uncertain; lit. "Until he comes to Shiloh."  Targum Onkelos, however
renders it "Until the Messiah comes to whom the kingdom belongs" [ad d'yeitei m'shisha
d'dileh hi malkuta], and Jewish Orthodoxy considers this verse to be the "Torah source
for the belief in the Messiah." (Artscroll/Mesorah)

Solomon Landers

Brian Sullivan wrote:

> Greetings to all,
> Michael E. Stone's 1997 paper The Axis of History at Qumrum
> asserts the RSV translates Gen 49:10 as "The scepter shall not depart from
> Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to
> him; and the obedience of the peoples is his."
> The RSV however renders the third phrase as 'until he comes to whom it
> belongs.' Other common renderings are are 'until Shiloh comes' or similar.
> Is there any reason to translate the phrase as Stone has done so?
> Yours Sincerely,
> Brian Sullivan

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