CHESED=Grace

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at umich.edu
Wed Jan 16 18:41:22 EST 2002


Hear, hear!
Well said, George.
liz

> -----Original Message-----
> From: George Athas [mailto:gathas at hotkey.net.au]
> Sent: Wed, January 16, 2002 6:32 PM
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Re: CHESED=Grace
> 
> 
> The word for mercy is RAXAMIM.
> 
> The word "lovingkindness" is only half the story with XESED.
> 
> The word for "loyalty" seems to be AHABAH (usually translated 
> "love", but in the sense of showing
> loyalty, not affection). This word has developed into later forms 
> of Hebrew as the equivalent of
> English "love". The commandment to "love Yahweh your God" is not 
> to show him affection, but to be
> loyal to him.
> 
> CHESED implies both a contractual obligation, as well as a 
> favourable disposition. It should not be
> translated "grace" since that is CHEN. A good example of CHESED 
> is seen in the story of the
> Israelite spies and Rahab. They make a CHESED with her -- a 
> commitment, or a bargain.
> 
> The best way to sort out what a word means (and one word can have 
> many meanings) is to study the
> contexts in which they appear.
> 
> 
> Best regards,
> 
> GEORGE ATHAS
> (Sydney, Australia)
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Lisbeth S. Fried <lizfried at umich.edu>
> To: Biblical Hebrew <b-hebrew at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
> Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2002 6:01 AM
> Subject: RE: CHESED=Grace
> 
> 
> | 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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