[b-hebrew] 1 Sam 1:28 -- Asked - Lent??
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.
----- 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??
> 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
>> The first verb Perfect-Hiphil and the second verb Qal-Participle; I sat
>> I read and I thought and I looked up and I thought and I read again! I
>> 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
>> say? The REAL issue for me is why not 'NaTaN'. A simple 'give' and be
>> 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
>> 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
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