'Memra'?

Trevor Peterson 06PETERSON at cua.edu
Tue Apr 30 07:05:09 EDT 2002


>===== Original Message From Ian Goldsmith <iangoldsmith1969 at yahoo.co.uk> 
=====
>Hi. Just a quick question.
>I've been reading A. Edersheim lately and he refers,
>in a discussion of the hypostasation of the 'Word',
>'Logos' of God, to 'Memra'.
>Can someone please enlighten me as to the meaning of
>this word? I can't find an appropriate hebrew match
>and am starting to feel it may be an LXX term.
>Apparently it is also mentioned in the targums
>Onkelos, Jerusalem and Pseudo Jonathan, but I haven't
>got the material to look through for these.

Try Aramaic. I'm not familiar with the usage he has in mind, but it shows up, 
for instance, in Syriac as a genre of poetry. Considering that he mentions the 
Targums specifically, that would be my guess.

Trevor Peterson
CUA/Semitics




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