[b-hebrew] Isaiah 53: oppression?

George F. Somsel gfsomsel at juno.com
Wed May 26 19:35:37 EDT 2004

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On Tue, 25 May 2004 17:22:41 +0300 "UUC" <unikom at paco.net> writes:
> 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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