[b-hebrew] Relevance Theory & Hebrew Semantics

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Aug 20 14:23:57 EDT 2004


But when we look at the Hebrew meanings of the words, in their context indicates that there were people for whom God’s law, which was far more than just the law itself, is just a list of dos and don’ts, getting down into minutiae. This is no “blah blah blah”, just a description of how they treat Torah.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org>

> On 19/08/2004 03:40, Eduard C Hanganu wrote:
> >
> > ...
> >
> > You mention Isaiah 28:10,13 as an example of a "deliberately 
> > nonsensical passage." How did you  reach such a conclusion? In most 
> > English translations this passage makes rather good sense, the way I 
> > understand it. What is your reading of this text?
> It is a common interpretation of the words quoted here: CAW LFCFW CAW 
> LFCFW QAV LFQFW QAW LFQFW that they are in v.10 a representation of the 
> speakers' incomprehensible mutterings, a bit like "rhubarb, rhubarb" in 
> English, and that the point of v.13 (cf. v.11) is that their foreign 
> conquerors' speech will be similarly incomprehensible.
> For support, see for example JPS Tanakh "mutter upon mutter, murmur upon 
> murmur", and BDB s.v. QAW "mimicry of Isaiah's words, perh. senseless". 
> I have seen more elsewhere but I can't find it now.
> -- 
> Peter Kirk
> peter at qaya.org (personal)
> peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
> http://www.qaya.org/
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