[b-hebrew] Gen. 2:16-17 :: idiom or clumsy lie
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Wed Nov 29 08:01:06 EST 2006
On this day, you will surely die!
But, of course, they didn't. And it can reasonably argued that the
same is true of Shimei in 1 Kings 2:36-46. Alter, in his The Five
Books of Moses, writes ...
> The form of the Hebrew in both instances is what grammarians call
> the infinitive absolute: the infinitive immediately followed by a
> conjugated form of the same verb. The general effect of this
> representation is to add emphasis to the verb, but because in the
> case of the verb "to die" it is the pattern regularly used in the
> Bible for the issuing of death sentences, "doomed to die" is an
> appropriate equivalent.
Interestingly, Targum Pseudo-Jonathan reads "for in the day that thou
eatest thou wilt be guilty of death."
What support, if any, can be offered for this rendering? Thanks.
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