[b-hebrew] Isaiah 53: oppression?

UUC unikom at paco.net
Tue May 25 10:22:41 EDT 2004

Dear Harold,

How about otzer?

The translation of confinement (otzer, vs8) as oppression is unwarranted. The word is also translated thus in Psalm 107:39, which is clearly wrong in relation to the princes mentioned there. Rulers can be pressed (surrounded and wander in wastes) but not oppressed. In the only other instance, Proverbs 30:16, the same word refers to barren [womb], also a closed place, confinement. Because of (from) oppression he was taken is also meaningless, unless we assume he was taken from this world of oppression to the heavenly kingdom; but Isaiah does not profess resurrection. In the Tanach, taken [by God] is used only with Enoch and Elijah, and seems too high-flown considering the writer's attitude toward his subject. Further, this reading is not congruent with  his soul was exposed to death.

The translation of confinement as perversion or protection is unwarranted.


Vadim Cherny

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