[b-hebrew] chet bet lamed (nehemiah1:7)

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Wed Jun 23 02:04:09 EDT 2004


I once heard Prof. Yehuda Feliks lecture on how many "mistakes" the author
of the Song made in his understanding of nature. The way he put it,
"Solomon" was a great poet, but he was a city boy who really had no idea
what how vinyard worked.

Yigal
----- Original Message -----
From: "Karl Randolph" <kwrandolph at email.com>
To: "Hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 11:17 PM
Subject: RE: [b-hebrew] Offend/dealt corruptly - chet bet lamed
(nehemiah1:7)


> Dear Reinier:
>
> If I were a vitner, I would like to have foxes around. Foxes don't ruin
vineyards, but they do hunt and catch things like mice, rats, moles and
other things that do ruin vineyards. If I remember correctly, they even like
to eat caterpillars. Foxes are also small, so the only human crops they
threaten are newborn lambs and fowl.
>
> I see this verse calling for holding onto the little foxes connected to
(tied to) the vineyard as a way to protect the vineyard and help it
flourish.
>
> Karl W. Randolph.
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Reinier de Blois" <r.de.blois at solcon.nl>
>
> > Dear Karl,
> >
> > > I just looked at your site and looked at all text examples
> > > where you have the meaning of corruption of destruction, and
> > > with the possible exception of one use in connections with a
> > > hapax legomai of uncertain meaning, none of the uses
> > > necessarily have a meaning connected with corruption. Some of
> > > the examples IMO actually work better with the "tied to" or
> > > "restricted" meanings than destruction or corruption meanings.
> >
> > You make me curious. How would you handle Song of Songs 2:15: "Catch us
> > the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards."
> >
> > Reinier
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