[b-hebrew] Flying or Darting in Isaiah 14:29 and 30:6
kwrandolph at email.com
Mon Apr 3 14:55:13 EDT 2006
Sarap #RP alone is used to denote the "asp", a
number of poisonous snakes inhabiting the Middle
East and Europe.
#RP M(WPP then literally would be a flying asp, in
other words referring to a flying lizard that may
very well have been venomous.
Reports and literature from around the world tell
of sightings of such animals, even up until the
last few centuries, even in Europe. While some
reports indicate great size to these creatures,
others indicate that these were on the order of
large birds. They were reported to be great
connoisseurs of farmers' poultry and small
That these were called sarap could either signal
venom in their bite, or refer to their bright
coloring found in many of the reports.
Karl W. Randolph.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: tladatsi at charter.net
> In Isaiah 14:29 and 30:6 the phrase "sharaf mez'wfef" is used. It
> is frequently translated as "flying snake". I guess flying is
> derived from the root 'wf. Flying snakes are not normal to say the
> least. So if the author intended the phrase to refer to an
> self-propelled airborne (winged?) snake, it would certainly be
> something unusual. However there is nothing in the context to
> suggest anything out of the ordinary about these snakes. The NIV
> translates the phrases as darting, I suppose a reference to the
> tounge of the snake (which flys out of the mouth of the snake).
> Any thoughts?
> Jack Tladatsi
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