[b-hebrew] Jonah 1:2

Jim West jwest at highland.net
Wed Mar 5 15:56:03 EST 2003

At 12:10 PM 3/5/03 +0000, you wrote:

> Could it be that an original Aleph has been substituted by an `ayin in the
> BHS, the scribes taking Jonah's view (4:2) that mercy should not be preached
> to the Ninevites, but rather Wrath be preached against it?  There is no
> footnote in the App: Crit: of the BHS to this effect.

struggling with the versions will not bring you closer to the meaning of the
underlying hebrew text- it will only open a window on the interpretive
understanding of the translator.  that said, i think the hebrew text is
fairly clear-- and the kjv is correct (!) in rendering "against".  the
prepositional phrase (here) in hebrew almost always connotes opposition.
that the versions do different things does not necessarily mean there is a
different hebrew Vorlage.



Jim West, ThD

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