[b-hebrew] Psalm 22:16

Moshe Shulman mshulman at ix.netcom.com
Sun Oct 1 10:17:23 EDT 2006

At 09:02 PM 9/30/2006, you wrote:
>I'm a lurker since the mid '90's, a retired mailman with no more than a
>reading knowledge of BH, but I'm wondering if anyone who has read the
>following article could comment on its merits and/or problems:
>JBL VOLUME 123, No. 4 Winter 2004, pp 637­648
>"Psalm 22:17: Circling around the Problem Again"
>It's available for SBL members at:
>Url for specific article (after login) at:
>Here is a snippet of the article (hope including this quote is ok) which
>follows a brief introduction:
>"An important criterion for any interpretation is that it make sense, a
>point that David Kimhchi stressed in the twelfth century and that Brent
>Strawn echoed in the twenty-first. I propose another solution to the problem
>of Ps 22:17, a reading that accepts the consonantal text of the MT but
>simply divides the verse differently. The result is a sensible text that
>fits with the structure of its greater context, is in agreement with the
>dominant imagery (portrayed in metaphor and simile), and sustains the
>prevalent tone of this first part of Ps 22. Following a brief review first
>of earlier proposals that were complicated by the association of Ps 22 with
>Jesus¹ crucifixion, and then of the several recent attempts to solve the
>problem of Ps 22:17, I proffer my interpretation. I explain both why my
>reading seems to be a good one and how it addresses the problems of similar
>She ultimately arrives at this translation:
>"Dogs surround me, a pack of wicked ones.
>Like a lion, they circumscribe [HIQ.IPU.NI (sic?)] my hands and feet."
>Apologies if this approach/article has already been discussed and I missed

That is similar to my approach. I translate it as follows:

"Dogs surround me; the wicked congregation 
encircles me like a lion (at) my hands and feet."

Here the clause 'like a lion' is an adverbial 
clause refering to how they are encircling the 
subject. The analogy of the wicked congregation 
to dogs, a theme seen earlier, is continued in this verse.

Moshe Shulman   outreach at judaismsanswer.com 718-436-7705
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