[b-hebrew] "virgin" vs. "young woman"in Isaiah 7:14

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Thu Apr 14 18:39:12 EDT 2005

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Kirk" <peterkirk at qaya.org>
> On 14/04/2005 08:22, Karl Randolph wrote:
> > ...
> >
> > I prefer Pshat to Drash. This is Drash based on the insistance 
> > that the term must refer to an object, in particular a female of 
> > the human persuasion. But a feminine noun can also indicate that 
> > it refers to an abstract concept, such as in this case “the 
> > unknown”.
> >
> >
> >
> If you prefer the more literal Pshat to speculative Drash, why do 
> you reject an obvious sense based on a well established meaning of 
> the word (and a well established translation and interpretation 
> tradition) in favour of a speculative completely new sense of the 
> word?
> -- Peter Kirk
> peter at qaya.org (personal)
> peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
> http://www.qaya.org/

1) Context
2) This is not a completely new sense of the word, as it fits into the root meaning of being unknown as well as being a grammatically 
consistant construct.

I’ve already expanded on point #1. As a lexicographer, I am willing to state that the traditional definitions (now that Gesenius and BDB 
are “tradition”) can sometimes be wrong, though generally I try to avoid that. By acknowledging a definition of “unknown”, we have a 
unanimity of action for the context, as well as a clear Pshat reading that needs no interpretation or explanation, Drash, to try to make 
sense out of it.

Karl W. Randolph.
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