[b-hebrew] bethulah equals virgin?

kgraham0938 at comcast.net kgraham0938 at comcast.net
Wed Oct 12 09:08:39 EDT 2005


@Yigal & Steve:

Hey Yigal, I was wondering why do you think in Joel 1:8 that the women is only betrothed?  I have heard that before but never knew the reason behind it.  Usually, I just translate BA`AL N:`WREYHA as husband of her youth.



--
Kelton Graham 
KGRAHAM0938 at comcast.net

-------------- Original message -------------- 

> Hi Steve, 
> 
> Bethulah means "virgin". Na'arah neans "young woman" - either unmarried or 
> betrothed but unconsumated. Ahasuerus collected "na'aroth bethuloth" "young 
> virgins", kept them in his harem, but only consumated his "marriage" to them 
> after a year - up to that point, they were still virgins. So that in 2:17, 
> Esther is compaired to the other "women" and "virgins". 
> 
> 2:19 seems to be a problem, since afetr their first night with the king, the 
> women were no longer virgins. Might it mean that he had a second round of 
> collectng virgins; maybe this was why Mordecai was worried - he thought that 
> Esther had failed at her mission! 
> 
> Joel 1:8 compares Israel to a betrothed virgin whose husband died before 
> consumation. 
> 
> Deut. 22:19 uses both terms to reffer to her previous status, since that is 
> what the husband is challenging. 
> 
> Yigal 
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Steve Miller" 
> To: 
> Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 4:22 AM 
> Subject: [b-hebrew] bethulah equals virgin? 
> 
> 
> >I came across this in my daily reading: 
> > 
> > In Esther 2:17, 19, the Hebrew word betulah seems to refer to married 
> > women: 
> > 
> > In 2:2 and 2:3 the king's advisors advise to gather naaroth bethuloth 
> > × Ö°×¢Ö¸×¨Ö¹×•×ª בְּתוּלֹות for the king. The word naaroth leaves no 
> doubt that 
> > the women are unmarried. 
> > 
> > In 2:4, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13 before the consumation of the marriage, the young 
> > women are just called naaroth × Ö°×¢Ö¸×¨Ö¹×•×ª by the Bible narrative. 
> > 
> > In 2:14-16 their marriages to the king are consumated 
> > 
> > In 2:17, & 19 they are called בְּתוּלֹות but never again 
> × Ö°×¢Ö¸×¨Ö¹×•×ª by the 
> > Bible narrative. 
> > 
> > The Septuagint translates bethuloth in 2:14 as parthenos. 2:19 does not 
> > exist in the Septuagint. 
> > 
> > These go along with Joel 1:8 & Deut 22:19. 
> > 
> > -Steve Miller 
> > Detroit 
> > _______________________________________________ 
> > b-hebrew mailing list 
> > b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org 
> > http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/b-hebrew 
> > 
> > 
> 
> _______________________________________________ 
> b-hebrew mailing list 
> b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org 
> http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/b-hebrew 


More information about the b-hebrew mailing list