tsemach as "the Branch", Zechariah 3:8, 6:12, Jeremiah 23:5, 33:15

Moshe Shulman mshulman at ix.netcom.com
Wed Dec 25 20:57:52 EST 2002

At 04:31 PM 12/25/02 -0500, you wrote:
>Shalom b-Hebrew,
>    Wonder if any of our experts would like to comment on the translation of
>tsemach as "branch" as compared to "spring, sprout, bud, grow".  Shoot is
>another word used that is sorta inbetween these various usages, acting as
>one definition for sprout and also it is a definition for branch..

The meaning is simple. In Hebrew literature we find the four levels of 
creation as:
Dom; Tzema'ach; Chai; M'Dabar, meaning Silent (i.e. inanimate) Growing, 
Living Speaking. tzemach refers to something that is growing, a plant or 
anything of that nature. (Remember that English is not Hebrew.)

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