[b-hebrew] Flying or Darting in Isaiah 14:29 and 30:6

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Sun Apr 9 08:09:10 EDT 2006

>I think the contex  is still against a literial reading of *flying* 
>whether a pterosaur or a winged snake or a cockatrice.   In Isaiah 
>14:26 the sequence of images and metaphors are there is a ordinary 
>snake (nakhach) which is a root (sheresh).  From this root grows a 
>stem or trunk, another ordinary snake (tsefa').  The fruit of this 
>root and stem is the *saraf m'ofef*.
>I read the sequence as ordinary snake (nakhach) gives rise to 
>ordinary snake (tsefa') gives rise to ordinary snake (saraf m'ofef). 
>I do not see any pattern or logic that would lead to a pattern of 
>*snake - snake - flying snake*.   King Ahaz had just died and the 
>Philistines were rejoicing as Ahaz had been scourge to them.  The 
>image is that from the root of Ahaz (someone dangerous to the 
>philistines as a snake might be) would arise some just as dangerous, 
>his son (an other snake, even more dangerous) so don't rejoice.   I 
>would venture that the sequence is one of increasing degree of 
>deadlyness of the venom of the three snakes.  Saraf has as its root 
>the sensation of burning, as a snakes venom has.  So if the reader / 
>listener associate *saraf m'ofef* as the most venomous of the three 
>snakes, the sequence makes sense.  The aspect of flying does add any 
>extra danger.

HH: It might add extra danger if it described how the snake attacks. 
I think you talked about the cobra in these terms.

Harold Holmyard

More information about the b-hebrew mailing list