[b-hebrew] Almah vs. Bethulah in Isaiah 7
ben.crick at argonet.co.uk
Sat Apr 2 12:49:07 EST 2005
On Sat 2 Apr 2005 , tladatsi at charter.net wrote:
> For me, the key contextual element is it is not all unusual for a
> young woman to give birth to a baby but it is completely unheard of in
> the OT for a virgin to give birth. Nowhere else in the OT does such
> an event occur.
The Sign offered to Ahaz was a *cosmic sign*, "either in the depth, or in
the height above" (verse 11). That would make a Virgin birth more likely
than any unmarried mother giving birth.
In Isaiah 8:3, the "prophetess" (Mrs Isaiah?) gives birth to a son with a
prophetic name MaHeR $aLaL Xa$ BaZ; a brother for $e:'aR Ya$uWB 7:3. This
child is certainly a contemporary Sign (present persuader) to Ahaz.
The son of the `aL:MaH is to be named `iMMaNuW'eL. He is the `aL:MaH's son
7:14; he is the Owner of the Land 8:8; he is the Defender of the Land 8:8;
he is the Protector of the Land 8:10; and he is the Wonder Child of 9:6-7.
The Wonder Child's names or titles in 9:6b PeLe' YoW:`eC 'eL GiBBoWR
a:BiY`aD &aR-$aLoWM sit very well with his prophetic name of `iMMaNuW'eL.
Whereas MaherShalalhashBaz is a "present persuader" sign to Ahaz, Immanuel
is a Future Confirmer to generations yet to come.
The view from here...
Revd Ben Crick, BA CF ZFC Lu
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