CHESED=Grace

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at concentric.net
Wed Jan 16 14:16:05 EST 2002




That is not what it means, because it refers to kindness or an act of
kindness which is bestowed independently of the recipient's deserving it or
not.

It is also not only an action, but a quality which is attributed to G-d

Charity is an example (not definition) of Chesed

Shoshanna



> I think it should be "covenant loyalty," fealty,
> what the sovereign owes the vassal, and what the vassal
> owes his lord.
> Liz
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Shoshanna Walker [mailto:rosewalk at concentric.net]
> > Sent: Wed, January 16, 2002 1:57 PM
> > To: Biblical Hebrew
> > Subject: Re: CHESED=Grace
> >
> >
> > Yes, lovingkindness or mercy
> >
> > Exactly
> >
> > shoshanna
> >
> >
> > >
> > > The understanding I have of the word chesed is that it is translated
as
> > > grace, mercy or lovingkindness.
> > > >From "The Place of Faith and Grace in Judaism" by David R.Blumenthal.
> > >
> > > Christine Bass
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "George Athas" <gathas at hotkey.net.au>
> > > To: "Biblical Hebrew" <b-hebrew at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
> > > Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2002 5:52 AM
> > > Subject: CHESED
> > >
> > >
> > > > > The second question might refer to a different word
> > altogether--khesed,
> > > > > which is notoriously difficult to translate into English
> > but probably
> > > gets
> > > > > rendered both as "righteousness" and "charity" in English
> > versions. It
> > > is
> > > > > often understood as something like "covenant faithfulness," but I
> > don't
> > > > > know that that really captures the sense either.
> > > >
> > > > It's not that hard to translate CHESED into English. I go for either
> > > "commitment" or "devotion".
> > > >
> > > > Best regards,
> > > >
> > > > GEORGE ATHAS
> > > > (Sydney, Australia)
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
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