[b-hebrew] "The eye of the earth"

B. M. Rocine brocine at twcny.rr.com
Mon Jun 28 06:26:42 EDT 2004


Hi Yigal,

More examples:

Lev 13:55  vehinneh lo' haphax hannegah 'et `eyno "and behold, the plague
has not changed its eye."
Numbers 11:7 hamman kizra` gad hu' ve`eyno ke'eyn habbedolax "the man(na)
was like seed of corriander, and its eye was as the eye of bdellium."
Eze 1:4 umittokah ke`eyn haxashmal mittok ha'esh  "and from its midst was
like the eye of the (glowing thing) in the midst of the fire."

These other examples can refer to the color of different things.  Maybe we
should take Numbers 22:5 also as a reference to the color of the earth which
was hidden because of the multitude of people?

Shalom, Bryan


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>
To: "b-hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2004 12:01 AM
Subject: Fw: [b-hebrew] "The eye of the earth"


> Hi Bryan,
>
> Where else is (YN used as "the view of"?
>
> Yigal
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "B. M. Rocine" <brocine at twcny.rr.com>
> To: "b-hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Monday, June 28, 2004 1:00 AM
> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] "The eye of the earth"
>
>
> > Hi Yigal,
> >
> > You wrote:
> > ------------------------------
> >
> >
> > Shalom Y'all,
> >
> > In Balak's message to Balaam (Num. 22:5), which he repeats to God in
verse
> > 11, he refers to the Israelites as "there is a people come out from
Egypt,
> > behold, they cover )t (YN H)RC (et `ein ha-arec)". This is usually
> > translated as "the face of the earth". The general meaning is clear,
they
> > are so many that they cover the whole land.
> >
> > However, an (YN, literally "eye", is usually something small and
> localized.
> > It's most common use outside of anatomy is for "spring" or "well".
> >
> > So what exactly is "the eye of the earth"? Why should "eye" mean "face"?
> >
> > Yigal
> > -----------------------------
> >
> > "Face of the earth" seems to be an attempt at expressing a Hebrew
> anatomical
> > idiom with an English anatomical idiom.  That's ambitious, but maybe a
> > little too ambitious.  I think `ayin does not mean "face" here.  I think
> it
> > means "what one sees (with the eye)."  So I think the idea is that the
> > people were so numerous one couldn't "eye" the earth.  hinneh kissah 'et
> > `eyn haa'rec translated literally, would be "behold, it has concealed
the
> > view of the earth."
> >
> > Shalom,
> > Bryan
> >
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