[b-hebrew] An interesting translation of Psalms 143:2a -- FOLLOW-UP

George F. Somsel gfsomsel at juno.com
Tue Aug 24 01:51:37 EDT 2004


On Tue, 24 Aug 2004 01:39:29 -0400 "George F. Somsel" <gfsomsel at juno.com>
writes:
> On Tue, 24 Aug 2004 11:01:29 +0900 moon at mail.sogang.ac.kr writes:
> > > 
> > > Hi,
> > > 
> > > Boyarin, in his book "A Radical Jew", translated Psalms 143:2a 
> as 
> > follows (p.119):
> > > 
> > >  Do not reproach your servant with statue, [for no living being 
> 
> > will be justified 
> > >                                              before you]
> > > 
<big snip>
> Apparently he is deriving "statue" from Mi$P.f+ which makes no sense 
> to
> me.  Mi$P.f+ signifies "judgment", "custom", "case [legal]" or even 
> the
> "pouch of judgment" which contained the Urim and Thumim.  Moreover, 
> what
> in the world would "Do not reproach your servant with statue" mean?  
> One
> of the first duties of a translator is to make the text 
> comprehensible --
> assuming that the text made sense in the first place.  I would say 
> that
> he fails miserably here.
> 
> george
> gfsomsel
> _______________________________________________

Moon,

It just occurred to me that you might have omitted a letter from a word
which has led to misunderstanding.  Is it possible that Boyarin wrote
"statute" rather than "statue"?  This would make more sense.

george
gfsomsel



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