[b-hebrew] Re: "about" Joshua 7:4-5

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Thu Dec 16 15:54:15 EST 2004


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> Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2004 10:49:52 -0500
> From: "Karl Randolph" <kwrandolph at email.com>
> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] "about" Josh. 7:4-5
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> Yigal:
> 
> The emphatic was on on the defeat, but on the number of men killed.
> 
> Karl W. Randolph.
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>
> > 
> > 
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Karl Randolph" <kwrandolph at email.com>
> > 
> > > Yigal:
> > >
> > > Going from memory off the top of my head, the prefix K- is often used
> for
> > meanings other than "about", as a result, it often does not translate well
> > into English. In this case, it is pointing to the fact that 36 men died as
> a
> > result of Aachen's disobediance, to emphasize both the importance of
> obeying
> > God, and the justification why Aachen deserved death.
> > >
> > > Karl W. Randolph.
> > >
> > 
> > The purpose of the defeat in the story is clear. But how does saying
> "k..."
> > help emphasize that purpose.
> > 
> > Yigal
Is it an idiomatic possibility that a K- so used as this one is, prefixed to a 
number, could function like the English idiom "up to [such and such number]? 
Could it be emphasizing that as many as 36 died, not as a rough figure, but as 
lamenting that up to that precise figure the deaths occurred?

Travis Jackson




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