[b-hebrew] Translating Ezekiel 16:26

Heard, Christopher Christopher.Heard at pepperdine.edu
Sat Jul 30 20:30:24 EDT 2005


George,

Thank you. Your reasoning makes sense to me, but in light of 23:20, I  
am still wavering and looking for any other assistance before going  
forward.

Chris

On Jul 30, 2005, at 5:29 PM, George F Somsel wrote:

> On Sat, 30 Jul 2005 13:10:21 -0700 "Heard, Christopher"
> <Christopher.Heard at pepperdine.edu> writes:
>
>> I am working through Ezekiel and I am not sure how to take the phrase
>>
>> ???? ??? [GDLY B&R] "those being great of flesh" in Ezekiel
>> 16:26. It's clear enough from the context that the speaker is
>> referring to male genitalia, and the use of ??? [B&R] in Ezekiel
>>
>> 23:20 confirms this. However, I am not sure whether to understand
>> ???? ??? [GDLY B&R] as a reference simply to large genitalia
>>
>> per se, or to _enlarged_ genitalia, that is, erections. NIV, NRSV,
>> and JPS all take it in the latter sense, and translate it as
>> "lustful." The LXX has a fairly literalistic translation,
>> ?e?a??s????? [MEGALOSARKOS], "big-fleshed." Neither the
>>
>> Hebrew word-pair nor the Greek word appear elsewhere in the Tanakh
>> or
>> LXX, so I don't have any comparative data there to work with. Does
>> anyone know of any good evidence, e.g. uses of the Hebrew phrase or
>>
>> Greek word in extra-biblical sources, or similar phrases in cognate
>>
>> languages, that would help me solidify this translation, or is it an
>>
>> irreducible ambiguity? Anybody know why NIV, NRSV, JPS read this as
>>
>> they do?
>> --
>> R. Christopher Heard
>> Assistant Professor of Religion
>> Pepperdine University
>> Malibu, California 90263-4352
>> http://faculty.pepperdine.edu/cheard
>> http://www.iTanakh.org
>> http://www.semioticsandexegesis.info
>>
> _______________________________________________
>
> The phrase WaT.:F:Y"K: )eT_RaG:LaYiK: "you spread your legs" in the
> preceding verse would seem to imply a sexual activity and thus an  
> erect
> penis would seem to be referenced.  I somewhat doubt that the prophet
> would have been concerned with the mere physical size of their  
> genitalia
> aside from the reason for its size.
>
> george
> gfsomsel
> ___________
>

--
R. Christopher Heard
Assistant Professor of Religion
Pepperdine University
Malibu, California 90263-4352
http://faculty.pepperdine.edu/cheard
http://www.iTanakh.org
http://www.semioticsandexegesis.info



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