[b-hebrew] Re: Proverbs 30:19

Deborah Millier deborahmillier at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 1 15:28:23 EDT 2003

K. Randolph wrote to P. Kirk:

> I still don’t see the 
> parallelism when [‘almah] 
> “virgin” is used, but 
> at least I think I know 
> how you approach this verse. 
> Correct me if I am wrong, 
> I think you are looking at 
> it with the focus on the 
> object (heavens, bare rock, 
> sea, virgin) while I’m 
> looking at it with the 
> emphasis on the action 
> (flight of the eagle, 
> snake crossing bare rock, 
> ship sailing in sea, man 
> going in unknown). As 
> long as I understood it 
> as “virgin”, the parallelism 
> based on action broke down 
> and I was unsatisfied 
> with every answer I got. 
> But when I realized that 
> with different points 
> the word could mean “unknown”, 
> then the parallelism 
> throughout the verse fits.

Me-thinks that if you call to mind the action of
gliding-type undulation you will see that the
parallelism fits just fine--even employing the
standard understanding of ALMAH.  

-- Michael Millier

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