[b-hebrew] "their altars" or "his/its altars"?
deborahmillier at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 3 22:36:27 EST 2005
Dear B-Hebrew List Members,
KiY )eT-MiZB:XoTaM TiToCW.N W)eT-MfCBoTaM
T:SfBRW.N W)eT-):aSRaYW TiK:RoTw.N
(Please note what I highlight in *astericks* in my
For their altars you [all] shall tear down, and their
standing stones you [all] shall shatter, and *his/its*
Asherahs you [all] shall cut [down] (Exo. 34:13).
Now, of the very few English versions I checked, they
all rendered ):aSRaYW as *their*
Asherahsimplying of course that the Asherahs
belonged to or were in some relationship to the listed
idolatrous inhabitants of the land (34:12). But, if
Im not mistaken, it would be better translated his
Asherahs or its Asherahs, right? Even if Im
reading the syntax correctly, I still cant find in
the immediate context to whom or what these Asherahs
might have been related or belonged, the other nouns
in the verse being feminine and plural. My questions
1) Is there any good reason to read ):aSRaYW here
as a plural possessive?
2) If not, then to whom or what might these Asherahs
belong or be related?
3) Any suggestions/corrections on how to better read
the raw data?
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