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

Jerry Shepherd jerry.shepherd at taylor-edu.ca
Thu Dec 16 16:28:14 EST 2004


Yigal,

Again, the only thing I can think of here is that the "clash" of the
kaph, indicating approximation, with the number which appears to be
exact, is the narrator's way of indicating that the number is not to be
taken as exact, but as an indication of something else being
communicated.  Perhaps the tradition to which he had access actually did
have an exact number (34? 38?) but he has "rounded" it to a multiple of
12 in order to communiciate something along the lines of the twelve
tribes engaged in the battle.

Blessings,

Jerry



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-----Original Message-----
From: Yigal Levin [mailto:leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 12:30 PM
To: b-hebrew
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] "about" Josh. 7:4-5

Thank you Jerry and James for pointing out that 36 is a multiple of 12,
which is, of course, a significant number in the Bible. So why not say,
"about 12". Why 36? Why the "code"?





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