[b-hebrew] Isaiah 53: oppression?

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at umich.edu
Wed May 26 09:35:20 EDT 2004


Dear Vadim,
I agree completely. An Otser, in this context, must mean a prison.
It's also used to denote a treasury house, so where things
are kept, detained, retained.
Liz Fried

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> 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.
> 
> 
> Sincerely,
> 
> Vadim Cherny
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