[b-hebrew] Me(onah in Deut. 33:27

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Thu Jul 22 11:00:31 EDT 2004


Shalom All,

The phrase "Me(onah Elohey Qedem" (Deut. 33:27) is translated "The eternal God is thy refuge" in the AV, and "He subdues the ancient gods" by NRSV, with a note about "mythic imagery". 
What is Me(onah? Ma(on is usually a "residence", so wouldn't it be "The residence of the ancient/everlasting G/god"? I can understand how AV got from "residence" to "refuge". Where did "subdue" come from? 

Thanks for your thoughts.

Yigal



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