[b-hebrew] Psalm 22:16 - daqar as pierced ?

sujata shevaroys at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 1 13:28:52 EDT 2006

I have never seen "dug" used to describe an attack by either lions or dogs. Are there any examples of such usage in English?  I am also unable to visualize an animal digging a person's hands or feet. Is this a uniquely Hebrew way of describing an animal attack?

Moshe Shulman <mshulman at ix.netcom.com> wrote:
   On the other hand if we translate literally the 
way the LXX/GB saw it as 'dug', we see a similar allusion there. 
'They dug my hands and feet.' This fits in quite well with the 
comparisons to his enemies as dogs and lions, and their attacking him 
in a digging fashion, as opposed to 'piercing' fits quite well. 'The 
word 'pierce' is an exegetical translation used to support a 
Christological interpretation, whereas the MT or even using the word 
dug, as in the LXX/GB give similar imagery without the editorializing.

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