Paul's quotations (use of Psm 68:18 in NT)

Dan Wagner Dan.Wagner at
Thu Mar 8 15:05:46 EST 2001

Is anyone familiar w/ this book or his thesis:

Descent of Christ: Ephesians 4:7-11 & Traditional Hebrew Imagery - The
By: W. Hall Harris
Type: Trade Paperback 
Vendor: Baker / Revell 
ISBN: 080102191X 

CBD says: "In The Descent of Christ, Hall Harris presents a meticulous and
thorough analysis of Ephesians 4:7-11. While most interpreters have
understood the verses to refer to (1) a descent by Christ from the earth to
the underworld following his death or (2) a descent from heaven to earth at
the incarnation, Harris marshals convincing evidence for an alternative

Perhaps it touches on our issue as well.

Harold, i plan to comment later on your translation.

Dan Wagner

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Harold R. Holmyard III [mailto:hholmyard at]
> Sent: Friday, March 02, 2001 22:55
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Paul's quotations (use of Psm 68:18 in NT)
> Dear Dan,
> I am not sure if your post is right about Eph 4, Psalm 68, 
> and Numbers 8,
> but it certainly is a beautiful conceptualization, one that 
> attracts me. It
> would tie Psalm 68 better with Ephesians 4:8 in context, and 
> would explain
> how God could give and receive at the same time. So would you 
> tolerate for
> Psalm 68:16-19 a translation something like the following?
> A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan,
> a mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
> Why do you look with envious hostility, many-peaked mountains,
> at the mountain which God desires to inhabit,
> yes, in which He will reside forever?
> The chariots of God are myriad, multiplied thousands,
> the Lord among them, the One of Sinai, in the sanctuary.
> You ascended to the height,
> You led captive a band of captives,
> You took gifts among men,
> and yes, rebels,
> that Yah, God, might reside there.
> Thank you for all the work that went into your post. I will 
> share it with
> my friends.
> 			Yours,
> 			Harold Holmyard
> 			Dallas, TX

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