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

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Thu Jul 22 11:41:19 EDT 2004


Thanks, Reinier, but...

> > 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"?
>
> Wouldn't that require ME(ONAT?

Probably Me(on, but in poetry...

> > I can
> > understand how AV got from "residence" to "refuge". Where did
> > "subdue" come from?
>
> By reading ME(ANNEH (piel participle).

I guessed that, but on what evidence? And how likely is it that Dueteronomy
would have a piece about YHWH battling ancient gods?

Yigal





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