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