[b-hebrew] heart, soul, mind, strength

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Sat Oct 2 18:47:51 EDT 2004


We also can‘t leave out the fact that the quote is translated from the original statement by Jesus, and different trnaslators often disagree on which is the best way to translate a passage. But the general meaning is consistant.

Then I understand that it was often a practice that people did not directly quote passages, rather often cited them by mentioning the main ideas stated in the passages. That would also lead to variations (not much different from our ”...as in XXXX Y:YY“).

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org>

> On 02/10/2004 17:48, Jason Hare wrote:
> >Peter,
> > 
> >I think that the rabbis actually taught that M)DK meant "your wealth." 
> > 
> >ve'ahavta et [hashem] elohekha bekhol levavkha uvekhol nafshekha uvekhol me'odekha.
> > 
> >"You shall love HaShem your God with all your heart (mind), with all your soul (internal drive), and with all your excess (wealth)."
> > 
> >What do you think?
> >  
> >
> Well, it seems to me that that interpretation makes a lot of sense. But 
> it is not the one found in NT or LXX. Here are the elements in the 
> various NT sources (YUCH = psuche!):
> Deut. 6:5 LXX A  KARDIA           YUCH  DUNAMIS
> Deut. 6:5 LXX B          DIANOIA  YUCH  DUNAMIS
> Matthew 22:37    KARDIA           YUCH           DIANOIA
>   variant        KARDIA           YUCH  ISCUS    DIANOIA
> Mark 12:30       KARDIA           YUCH           DIANOIA  ISCUS
>   variant        KARDIA           YUCH  ISCUS
> Mark 12:33       KARDIA  SUNESIS        ISCUS
>   variant        KARDIA  DUNAMIS  YUCH
>   variant        KARDIA  SUNESIS  YUCH  ISCUS
> Luke 10:27       KARDIA           YUCH  ISCUS    DIANOIA
>   variant        KARDIA           YUCH  ISCUS
> As you will see, there is a huge range of variants here. Almost all have 
> "heart" (KARDIA) and "soul" (YUCH), but there is no agreement on whether 
> there are one or two more elements. If there are two, they are usually 
> "mind" (DIANOIA or SUNESIS) and "strength" (DUNAMIS or ISCUS); if one, 
> it is one or other of these. But the order is not at all fixed either. 
> It looks as if Jesus and his conversation partners were quoting from 
> what was at the time a rather fluid tradition. But there doesn't seem to 
> be any evidence for variants in the actual Hebrew text, rather in the 
> interpretation of me'od.
> -- 
> Peter Kirk
> peter at qaya.org (personal)
> peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
> http://www.qaya.org/
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