[b-hebrew] Isaiah 53: the arm

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at umich.edu
Sun May 16 17:22:00 EDT 2004

Dear Vadim,
What about Neh.2:8, 18?
Liz Fried

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> On extinguishing the arguments on bemotaw, perhaps we can discuss another
> piece.
> Vs. 1: And on whom the arm of God was revealed?
> Common translation "to whom" is implauisble, since the preposition is al.
> Although interpreted as some kind of revelation or divine power given to
> the man, this verse has the opposite meaning. iad of God only denotes the
> crushing power of God. With al, it means to cause bitterness. It is never
> beneficial to the object of application. Isaiah has a tendency of
> employing archaic zroa instead of iad, but meaning is basically the same.
> Therefore, the man did not possess any sign or power, but someone (and
> antecedent is not that man, in my opinion) was punished by God.
> Any objections, please?
> Sincerely,
> Vadim Cherny
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