[b-hebrew] 1 Sam 1:28 -- Asked - Lent??

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Oct 28 12:44:38 EDT 2006

The use of the root  $)L  is a play on verse 20, in which Hannah names her 
son $emu)el "because I have asked (for) him of the Lord". Verses 27-28 
emphasize this theme by using the same root four times.

An interesting point here, of course, is that the name $emu)el (Samuel) has 
nothing to do with the verb $)L. $emu)el means "his name is God", or "God 
has named", or, if the shin is originally a sin, perhaps "God has placed". A 
name meaning "asked of God" would be "Shealtiel". On the other hand, 
"because I have asked (for) him of the Lord" would have been a perfect 
explanation for the name Shaul (Saul), who of course appears later on in the 
book, without a birth narrative.

I suspect, although of course I have no proof, that there was an original 
Saul birth story here that the author of I Samuel, not really a fan of 
Saul's, took over and attributed to Samuel's birth (or combined with an 
existing Samuel birth story). But that's mainly conjecture.

Yigal Levin

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "K Randolph" <kwrandolph at gmail.com>
To: "B-Hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, October 27, 2006 8:50 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] 1 Sam 1:28 -- Asked - Lent??

> Chris:
> Look again at the context. Especially verse 11. "Lent" is an incorrect
> translation. A more correct yet not too rigidly Hebraic translation,
> "I ask that he be for the Lord all his days, he was asked to be for
> the Lord." In other words, she was asking Eli to take her son to be
> with him in God's service.
> Karl W. Randolph.
> On 10/27/06, Chris and Nel <wattswestmaas at eircom.net> wrote:
>> 1 Samuel 1:28 -- "I have lent him to the Lord ....  He is lent to the 
>> Lord"
>> The first verb Perfect-Hiphil and the second verb Qal-Participle;  I sat 
>> and
>> I read and I thought and I looked up and I thought and I read again!  I 
>> even
>> read a complex synopsis of Hiphil and was left entirely in the dark about
>> this. It beats me how we arrive at Lent from Asked/begged.  What more can 
>> I
>> say?  The REAL issue for me is why not 'NaTaN'.  A simple 'give' and be 
>> done
>> with it.
>> And besides all this how can Gesenius and others say 'Lent'. This would
>> imply that Hannah, at some stage, expects him back, but this was NOT the 
>> vow
>> she prayed.
>> Am I not learning things correctly or what?  I have just began an
>> intermediate Hebrew book by Ehud Ben Zvi and he does not even mention 
>> this
>> anomaly.
>> Regards
>> Chris.
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