[b-hebrew] Re: g(r Psa. 106:9

George F Somsel gfsomsel at juno.com
Sat Dec 18 07:27:58 EST 2004

On Sat, 18 Dec 2004 11:25:45 +0200 "Vadim Cherny"
<vadim_lv at center-tv.net> writes:
> > in the sea.  Nevertheless, it says nothing regarding the foot 
> soldiers.
> > To say, "The pharaoh lost not his foot soldiers in the pursuit, 
> but
> > chariots, the cream of his army" is unwarranted.  The whole tone 
> of the
> > passage is that the entire army was lost.
> The psalmist is entitled to poetic license. For the accurate 
> account, there
> is the Book of Exodus. And it only says that chariots were lost, not 
> a word
> about other casualties.
> As for your theological beliefs, I'd rather not discuss them.
> Vadim Cherny

Are you trying to say that the Psalmist is less historically accurate
than the author of  Ex 14?  I would say that neither is history.  In any
case, my theological viewpoint is every bit as valid as your unfounded
speculations regarding a natural background to the account.  It seems
that this has little or nothing to do with Biblical Hebrew so I suggest
we get back to that.

For you to maintain that foot soldiers were involved you must rely upon
Ex 14.9 which states

WaY.R:D.:FW. MiCRaYiM )aXa:R"YHeM WaY.&YGW. )oWTfM XoNiYM (aL_HaY.fM
K.fL_SW.S ReCeB P.aR:(oH W.PfRf$fYW W:X:YLW (aL_P.iY HaXiYRoT LiP:N"Y
B.a(aL C:PoN

PR$ could be either "horse" or "horseman."  If it is taken as referring
to horsemen, then it might seem likely that X"YLW would refer to foot
soldiers.  I think it more  likely that it should be taken as "his
horses" and to understand X"YLW as referring to the warriors who rode in
the chariots -- no foot soldiers involved.  The fact that this is a
pursuit of a group which already had a head start would indicate that
speed was of the essence and  would thus militate against the use of

In addition there is the admonition of Moses in 14.13

WaY.o)MeR Mo$eH )eL_Hf(fM )aL_T.iYRf)W. HiT:YaC:BW. W.R:)W. )eT_Y:$W.(aT
YHWH )a:$eR_Ya(a:&eH LfKeM HaY.oWM **** KiY )a:$eR R:)iYTeM )eT_MiC:RaYiM
HaY.oWM Lo) ToSiYFW. LiR:)oTfM (oWD (aD_(oLfM ***

You might contend that if they escaped they would never see these
Egyptians again, but I hardly think that is the significance of this
passage.  The clear implication is that every last man of them died.


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