[b-hebrew] "about" Josh. 7:4-5
peterkirk at qaya.org
Wed Dec 15 12:03:40 EST 2004
On 15/12/2004 16:37, Harold R. Holmyard III wrote:
> Dear Yigal,
>> According to Joshua 7:4, Joshua's first attempt at capturing Ai was
>> made with ke$lo$et alapim i$, "about three thousand men". In the next
>> verse, the men of Ai smote of them ke$lo$im ve$iSah i$, "about thirty
>> six men".
>> The prefix kaph is usually translated "like", "about" and so on.
>> However in this context, "about 36" does not make sense. 36 is an
>> exact number.
> HH: Maybe they knew that thirty-six men died, but they were not sure
> whether the men of Ai were directly responsible for all the deaths.
> Perhaps someone could have mistakenly run off a cliff or something.
A Google search for "about thirty six" (including quotation marks) shows
that even modern English authors don't consider this kind of expression
nonsensical. Consider the following:
> At the time the new code first appeared on June 1, 1939, the U.S.
> Navy's Washington code breaking staff had grown to about thirty-six hands.
> This year about thirty-six boys and girls signed up.
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