[b-hebrew] The islands

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Tue Jun 8 08:10:54 EDT 2004


Dear Vadim,

>The translation of "coastland" is perfectly reasonable. However, can we
>disregard the established meaning of the word and attach it the sense, which
>we think suits it better? This approach can lead as far away.

HH: "Coastland" is a well-established meaning for the word.

>Besides, the Tanakhic authors had pretty good grasp on geography. They
>probably could distinguish between an island and a coastland, even more so
>since a large part of their country was a coastland or very close to it.

HH: Yes, but if the Hebrew word could emphasize land that is in 
contact with water, then the distinction between island and coastland 
would be immaterial.

				Yours,
				Harold Holmyard




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