[b-hebrew] Isaiah 7:8 "rosh"

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Thu Jun 17 05:06:19 EDT 2004

Dear Chemorion,

Your understanding of Isaiah's meaning may be correct, but the literal
translation of "rosh" is still "head". It can also be "principal".


----- Original Message -----
From: "Chemorion" <chosefu_chemorion at wycliffe.org>
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Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2004 5:18 AM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Isaiah 7:8 "rosh"

> Dear list members,
> Please guide me.
> I  have a problem with the exact meaning of "rosh" in Isaiah 7:8, which
> "For the head of Aram is Damascus and the head of Damascus is Rezin". Can
> perhaps say "For Aram relies on Damascuss and Damascuss relies on Rezin"?
> There would be no need for Isaiah to tell Ahaz literally what was so
> to him. Looking at the context, we can see that Isaiah is talking about
> relying on God. In this case he encourages Ahaz (and Judah) to trust in
> in contrast with Aram which relies on Damascus the capital, which also
> relies on King Rezin (who is merely a mortal man). The same can be said of
> Samaria in the following verse. I therefore suggest that "rosh" in Hebrew
> could also mean "one who is relied on". Can anyone support me?
> Thanks,
> Chemorion D Chosefu.
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