[b-hebrew] 2Sam24:1 v. Gen18:1-3

Read, James C K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk
Fri Aug 12 16:36:52 EDT 2005

Another interesting account is the account in Genesis 18, where we are told that Yah appears to Abram amidst 
the big trees at Mamre. The account futher elucidates that Abram raises his eyes and sees three 'men'. In verse 
three he addresses them or one of them as YWHW.

This section is particularly interesting because verse 2 starts with WaYYi$$a). Is this a series of events?:
1) He sees Yah
2) He sees the men
3) He addresses them as Yah

or is it backing up a little and explaining how things happened?:

1) Yah appears to Abram in the sense that 3 men (messengers) visit him and Abram perceives that they are 
from Yah
2) Abram addresses them as YHWH because he knows they are his messengers

I think this example adequately shows how a too literal idea of subjects, objects and verbal sequence can cause 
the reader to grossly misunderstand the text.

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