[b-hebrew] Collecting Wow stories

Ingalls, Alan D. aingalls at bbc.edu
Tue Jun 13 07:23:44 EDT 2006

One of those "wow!" moments for me was when I realized that Psalm 23:6
does not say that goodness and mercy will "follow" me but will "pursue"
me. Who wouldn't want to stop and get caught by goodness and mercy! I
don't recall where the expression "the hounds of heaven" come from (and
no, we don't need to follow that rabbit trail), but if their names are
Goodness and Mercy, maybe I wouldn't mind getting mauled!


Dr. Alan D. Ingalls 
Associate Professor of OT 
Baptist Bible Seminary 
538 Venard Rd 
Clarks Summit PA 18411 
(570) 585-9373 
"Oh God, please help me to be 
the man my dog thinks I am." 
                       --Larry Mueller
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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
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,
their emotional impact remains.

My purpose is to collect stories to motivate beginning students.  We
that learning Hebrew is a lot of work, and it can get discouraging.
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
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
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.
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
a reach, but for me it has become a significant part of my reading of
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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