[b-hebrew] Limmuday (Isa 8:16)

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Tue Jun 15 03:21:03 EDT 2004


My guess is that Christian translations read "Lomedai", and understood this
as meaning that the "teaching" (about Immanuel) would be "sealed" until the
days of Jesus' desciples (although I don't know of a NT quote of this
particular verse). What does JPS have? Your translation makes perfect sense
to me.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Shai Heijmans" <shaih at post.tau.ac.il>
To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, June 14, 2004 10:03 PM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Limmuday (Isa 8:16)

> Hi all,
> I would like to hear your opinion about an idea I have regarding Isaiah
> 8:16.
> All translations identify "limmuday" with "desciples" (NRSV gives: "bind
> up the testimony, seal the teaching among my disciples"), as do HALOT
> and BDB.
> Yet it doesn't really fit: if the disciples will get the law, why should
> it be *sealed* in them?
> I propose to interpret "limmudim" as "covering", a meaning this word had
> in Mishnaic Hebrew. E.g.:
> Mo'ed Qatan 2,2: Rabbi Yehuda omer, ose lo *limmudim* bishvil shelo
> yexmats ("R. Judah says: He may make for it a covering of shingles so
> that the wine shall not turn sour").
> If we take that meaning of limmudim, then the verse makes more sense:
> "bind up the testimony, seal the teaching with a covering"
> Does anyone know if this was propsed before?
> Thanks,
> Shai
> --
> Shai Heijmans
> Dpt. of Hebrew and Semitic Languages
> Tel Aviv University
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