[b-hebrew] Lev 5:23 (Lev 6:4)

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Sat Aug 26 00:33:53 EDT 2006


This sounds like a rabbinic addition to the meaning. Of course a
heartfelt admission of guilt will lead to feelings of guilt, and
restitution, but I don't see the necessity of feelings in the meaning
of the word itself.

I can see this as a counter to people who may put on a real show
during Yom Kippur as to how they are so spiritual, while oppressing
their fellow men. But again, we are making a theological addition not
necessarily in the word itself.

Karl W. Randolph.

On 8/24/06, kgraham0938 at comcast.net <kgraham0938 at comcast.net> wrote:
> A textbook of mine agrees with Milgrom.  It's called "Readings in Biblical Hebrew an Intermediate Textbook" by Ehud Ben Zvi, Maxine Hancock, & Richard Beinert says regarding this passage:
> "The issue, therefore, is not if they come to know that they were doing wrong, but rather if they feel remorse for doing wrong. (Milgrom, Leviticus 1-16, 334, 38,39-45).
> The condition of feeling remorse for one's guilt is the regular conclusion of the protasis in Lev 4:13,22,27;   5:2,3,4,5,17,23.  These priestly text claim that there is no possible ritual expiation for a sinner unless he or she feels remorse.  In otherwords, sacrifices are not seen as a mechanical gate to purification, on the contrary, the right attitude of the heart-repentance-is essential for the efficacy of the ritual.
> Moreover, the sacrifice is only the last of a series of actions a person should take upon feeling guilty.  One assumption on which a text such as Lev 5:20-26 rests is that a person cannot expect expiation and forgiveness while retaining the fruits of misbehavior.  Thus, the first action to be taken are those concerned with restitution and the rectification of the wrong.  The description of these actions opens the apodosis of our text immediately following ve`ashem.
> Not sure if I buy it but it does have merit.
> --
> Kelton Graham
> KGRAHAM0938 at comcast.net

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