[b-hebrew] Isaiah 53: you made his life?

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at umich.edu
Mon May 24 11:47:09 EDT 2004

Dear Vadim,
I prefer "ransom" to "guilt offering" or "offering for sin" 
to avoid cultic connotations (1 Sam 6).
I, of course, don't translate with the past tense here either.

If you would make a ransom of his life.
If you will pay a ransom on his life he will see progeny
and have length of days, for YHWH desired that he will 
succeed by his hand.

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> Subject: [b-hebrew] Isaiah 53: you made his life?
> Perhaps, anyone would care to defend another verse:
> you made his life an offering for sin
> The usual translation of tasim as you made [his life an 
> offering for sin] is grammatically implausible since the verb 
> we translated as brought or laid is 3f or 2m singular future 
> tense. The soul (f.) bring something. To have something done 
> to the soul, other translations presuppose a masculine 
> personage, a man or the nation. In standard Hebrew, however, 
> verbs with pronoun suffixes relate to a nearby nouns, not to 
> a presupposed object.
> Sincerely,
> Vadim Cherny
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