CHESED = Grace
SPAWN OF A JEWISH CARPENTER: CINDY SMITH
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Thu Jan 17 21:46:45 EST 2002
>From: "Christine Bass" <christinebass at home.com>
>To: Biblical Hebrew <b-hebrew at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
>Subject: Re: CHESED=Grace
>Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 13:27:02 -0500
>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.
Rabbi Blumenthal is one of my professors at Emory University, and he
is an excellent teacher and writer. In class once, we discussed the
concept of grace in Judaism, and most of the students seemed to
associate the idea of grace with Christianity. When I discussed this
on the soc.culture.jewish list, most of the posters seemed to think
grace is a foreign concept. One of my lasting impressions of Jewish
mysticism is that, in the sefirotic system, when CHESED (grace) flows
with GEVURAH (judgement), it comes out TIFERET (mercy).
----- 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
> > The second question might refer to a different word altogether--khesed,
> > which is notoriously difficult to translate into English but probably
> > rendered both as "righteousness" and "charity" in English versions. It
> > 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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