[b-hebrew] Re: Lev 18.22; 20.13 (Robby Martin)

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Mon Nov 8 13:40:17 EST 2004

Dear Robby,

>I would agree with you that both parties are condemned by these 
>verses; this is not the problem that I am seeking to address. 
>Rather, I am concerned with whom the verse is addressing, the 
>passive or active partner? Jerome Walsh's remarks were published in 
>2001, i.e. the syntax with its use the cognate object would point 
>towards the passive partner being the subject, not the active as it 
>is traditionally understood. I was wondering if his analysis would 
>hold up with everyone here? Of course, Rabbi Akiba's niphal 
>punctuation would work with the first instance of mishkav, "do not 
>be laid." But I'm not sure that it would in the second instance of 
>mishkav isha, "the lyings of a woman."

HH: I don't think the verses are even concerned about the issue you raised.

				Harold Holmyard

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