Psa 118:27b

Polycarp66 at Polycarp66 at
Sun Jun 30 07:45:12 EDT 2002

In a message dated 6/29/2002 9:26:22 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
brocine at writes:

> 'isru Hag Ba`abotim `al qarnot hammizbeaH
> English translations of this verset mostly fall into two
> schools represented below by the NJPS and the NIV.
> NJPS:  "Bind the festal offering to the horns of the altar
> with cords."
> NIV:  "With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up
> to the horns of the altar."
> Do you think one is more likely?  Why?

XaG does signify a feast or a festal procession.  To take it to signify the 
sacrificial victim may seem somewhat unusual, but I don't think it is really 
very strange at all.  It is a case of the most significant event of the feast 
being given the designation of the feast itself.  Consider also Mal 2.3

XiG:NiY Go("R LfKeM )eT_HaZ.eRa( W:Z"RiYTiY PeRe$ (aL_P.:N"YCeM **P.eRe$ 
HaG."YKeM** . . .

Here PeRe$ HaG."YKEM could not reasonably refer to either the feast itself or 
to a festal procession.  "The dung of your feast" must refer to the victim 

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