[b-hebrew] how does the eagle become new?

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Apr 29 14:40:40 EDT 2005


I looks like part of the confusion goes back to the actions of eagles: they will gather and eat carrion if it is available. In this reguard, they resemble vultures.

But then we can’t rule out people confusing eagles with vultures.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Kirk" <peterkirk at qaya.org>
> 
> On 29/04/2005 15:55, Sujata wrote:
> 
> > Is it an eagle or is it a vulture?
> > http://www.forward.com/issues/2000/00.10.20/arts4.html
> > Best wishes,
> > Sujata
> >
> >
> 
> Thanks for this amusing article. Tristram's argument is fallacious 
> even for biblical Hebrew, because the meaning of a word does not 
> come from its etymology but from its contemporary usage. But there 
> is some evidence for NE$ER meaning "vulture": not only Micah 1:16, 
> but Prov 30:17 and perhaps Deut 28:29, Jer 49:22, Habakkuk 1:8, 
> Hosea 8:1 (perhaps images of vultures gathering in anticipation of 
> death) seem more appropriate for vultures than for eagles. On the 
> other hand, most references "eagle" is more appropriate. This 
> probably the meaning was not as specific as English "eagle". But I 
> stand by "eagle" for Psalm 103:5.
> 
> -- Peter Kirk
> peter at qaya.org (personal)
> peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
> http://www.qaya.org/
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