[b-hebrew] Isaiah 53: pierced?

wattswestmaas wattswestmaas at eircom.net
Wed May 19 15:15:53 EDT 2004

Dear Harold,  if I am amiss with my simple logic please correct me:  I would
assume from the 'pual' conjugated form that this intensifies the idea 'to
kill/wound' since one can not make 'killing' any intenser than it already
is - do we then assume nuances of meaning related to the idea of 'To Bore'
(like holes) or 'To stab' repeatedly.

Thanks chris.

The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew lists four homonymn (homograph)
verbs with the form HLL. The word MHLL in Isa 53:5 is from the HLL
that means "be pierced." It is attested at a number of verses, and
the form in Isa 53:5 is a POAL form, which is a passive conjugation
similar to the Pual. It is a masculine singular participle.

				Harold Holmyard

>Perhaps anyone would care to discuss the word "pierced" in Isaiah 53?
>Let's talk about the difference between halal, mehulal and meholal,
>and perhaps between "killed" and "pierced."
>Pure grammar, no ideology.
>Any takers?
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