[b-hebrew] "about" Josh. 7:4-5

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Wed Dec 15 14:44:16 EST 2004

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim West" <jwest at highland.net>
> Trent Butler, of the Word Biblical Commentary, skips the problem
> in his comments.  He offers no text critical note at all.  L. Daniel Hawk,
> in Berit Olam Joshua notes the "phrase [about 36] seems awkward in
> connection with the more exact number but succeds in drawing the
> between the plan, its execution, and its consequences" (p. 114).  BHS has
> no textual note. Evidently it wasn't a problem to early copyists or
> translators.  Gesenius does not offer a note on it.  Neither does Rudolf

I know. But some of the Jewish commentaries do take note - though none come
up with a reasonable explanation.

> In my opinion, it seems that ki should here be understood in the sense of
> "like" = "approximately".  To be sure, as you point out, 36 is an exact
> number- but perhaps there was uncertainty in the writers mind if the
> was in fact exact.  Perhaps he meant "something like 36 men" etc.

> Best
> Jim
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