[b-hebrew] "I Am" vs. "I Will Be"

Awohili at aol.com Awohili at aol.com
Fri Jun 30 14:17:31 EDT 2006

Similarly, concerning 'ehyeh 'asher 'ehyeh, it is "not merely a  
philosophical phrase; the emphasis is on the active  manifestation of the Divine 
existence....To the Israelites in  bondage, the meaning would be, 'Although He has not 
yet displayed His power  towards you, He will do so; He is eternal and will 
certainly redeem you.'   Most moderns follow Rashi in rendering 'I will be what 
I will  be, i.e. no words can sum up all that He will be to His people,  but 
his everlasting faithfulness and unchanging mercy will more and more  manifest 
themselves in the guidance of Israel.  The answer which Moses  receives in 
these words is thus equivalent to, 'I shall save in the way that I  shall save.'  
It is to assure the Israelites of the  fact of deliverance, but does not 
disclose the  manner.  It must suffice the Israelites to learn  that 'Ehyeh, I 
WILL BE (with you) , hath sent me unto you.'" (emphasis original)  -- Dr. J. H. 
Hertz, The Pentateuch and Haftorahs, 2nd  edition (Soncino Press, 1985), p. 215
Solomon Landers
In a message dated 06/30/2006 9:33:10 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
Har1marjohn at wmconnect.com writes:

To  all,
Catrin H. Williams in the book by Williams : "I Am He." published by  Mohr 
Siebeck on page 98 states regarding Ex.3:14 translation: "It cannot  be ruled 
that the emphasis on divine creative activity in some  targumic versions of 
3:14bd (N/Ngl1/FT-PVB) is meant to serve as a  reminder to Moses that God's 
past work in creation provides assurance of  his future intervention." 
Thus, it is proper to render Ex 3:14 as  future.
John Carras

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