[b-hebrew] verb forms - Isaiah 56:6-7 was dying you shall die

Peter Kirk peter at qaya.org
Wed Apr 11 16:23:34 EDT 2007

On 11/04/2007 19:31, Lisbeth S. Fried wrote:
>> On 4/11/07, Harold Holmyard <hholmyard3 at earthlink.net> wrote:
>>> Peter Kirk wrote:
>>>>> Is. 56:6-7 And foreigners who bind themselves to YHWH to serve
>>>>> him, to love YHWH's name, and to be his servants, all who keep
>>>>> the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold themselves fast in my
> covenant —
>>>>> these I will bring to my holy mountain and cause them to rejoice in
> the house
>>>>> of my prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices [will be] an
> acceptable offering on
>>>>> my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all
>>>>> nations."
> Is there something I'm missing here? what's the problem with the verbs?
> Liz Fried
Liz, the problem is that both Harold and Shoshanna are, in different 
ways, taking "my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations" 
to be applicable only in the eschatological future (from Isaiah's 
perspective), whereas I am suggesting that this is a timeless truth, 
that the temple was always supposed to be open to everyone's offerings. 
It certainly seems unsafe to read this as necessarily referring only to 
the future.

Peter Kirk
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