[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
>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.
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