[b-hebrew] Deut 33:3 - a meaningful translation needed??

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at concentric.net
Tue Sep 12 12:06:57 EDT 2006

How in the world could it be referring to all the people in the 
world, and not only to Bnei Yisrael, since the first verse 
specifically says that Moshe blessed Bnei Yisrael, and then his 
entire speech is relating to Bnei Yisrael...

"Indeed you have loved the tribes greatly, all its holy ones were in 
your hands; for they planted themselves at Your feet, bearing [the 
yoke] of Your utterances"

The word "amim" is used - each tribe is a people unto itself- like in 
Genesis 35:11 - G-d tells Yaakov that a nation and  a congregation of 
nations will descend from him


I think that deutoronomy 33:3 should be translated:

"And furthermore, One who cherishes people...." as being more meaningful and
not constraining the text to 'imply' only the people in the wilderness.

If the general consensus amongst you agrees, then at least I know where I am
at. If there are objections then I would discuss this since I believe that I
have sound reasons in favour of scrapping  -- :"Yes, He has loved the
people" OR "Surely, it is you who love the people"

Looking forward to replies
Chris Watts

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