[b-hebrew] Collecting Wow stories

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at umich.edu
Tue Jun 13 00:00:22 EDT 2006


Perhaps this isn't what you meant, but a huge ***WOW!**** came for me when I
first saw the name YHWH right there, in big letters, on the Moabite
inscription.
I mean, YHWH was a real live god, recognized as such, even by Israel's
enemies.
I've had countless students get that exact same WOW too.
Liz Fried
Ann Arbor


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> bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of dwashbur at nyx.net
> Sent: Monday, June 12, 2006 11:42 PM
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> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Collecting Wow stories
> 
> A big one for me came with Psalm 18:36 (eng 35), which in Hebrew reads
"Your
> humility
> makes me great."  English translations render (NWH various ways, but it
means
> "humility" or
> "humbling oneself, bending down."  The idea of the Almighty "bending
down,"
> humbling
> Himself, to make me great was a genuine "wow" moment for me.  I even
> incorporated it into
> a song, the tune of which is the background music to my main web page.
> 
> On 12 Jun 2006 at 23:11, bowick at idirect.com wrote:
> 
> > Hi folks:
> >
> > I was wondering if you would be willing to share stories or places where
> > your knowledge of Hebrew has let you see something in the text, or have
an
> > insight that made you say 'wow'.  I am not thinking of advanced studies,
> > and the cutting edge insights you have made so much as I am asking us to
> > reflect back on our early experiences with the language.  In some cases,
> > later reflection may have led us to discard aspects of those insights,
but
> > their emotional impact remains.
> >
> > My purpose is to collect stories to motivate beginning students.  We
know
> > that learning Hebrew is a lot of work, and it can get discouraging.
These
> > stories can give students, perhaps some even lurking on this list, a
> > reminder of why they are doing it.
> >
> > A couple come to my mind just to get the ball rolling.
> >
> > First, I remember when I was first reviewing the declension of the
pronoun
> > MIN, and saw the Hebrew of Emmanuel.
> >
> > Another one was from Psalm 27:4 which reads ACHAT SHALTI ME'ET Y''H.
> > (Typing from memory).  When I first read that the vowels of ME'ET slit
to
> > MA'AT and I read it not as the preposition MIN withe the direct object
> > marker, but rather as a construct state with the Egyptian noun MAAT.
"One
> > thing I ask - the MAAT (Order) of the LORD."  Now I have had enough
> > eyebrows raised telling people about this to think the proposal is a bit
of
> > a reach, but for me it has become a significant part of my reading of
that
> > prayer, as I seek the divine order of the LORD in my life.
> >
> > My guess is many of you have much better stories and insights.  Lets
> > collect them to motivate the novices on the list, and also to help one
> > another encourage our students.
> >
> > James Bowick
> >
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> 
> Dave Washburn
> Encephaloriasis: That condition generated when the person you are dealing
with is
> so
> incredibly stupid, you can actually feel your own brain cells drying up
and flaking
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