[b-hebrew] two quotes like Genesis 24:16
hholmyard3 at earthlink.net
Wed Aug 1 15:19:34 EDT 2007
> Has anyone pointed out these two quotes that are like Genesis 24:16
> "...a virgin and she did not know a man" ? Judges 13:2 says "his wife
> was barren and did not give birth..." and Judges 13:3 "you are barren
> and did not give birth". These quotes also seem to unnecessarily
> repeat that she did not give birth after saying she was barren.
HH: No, and it's interesting. Thanks. Using "barren," the words about
not giving birth do seem unnecessary. But HALOT, instead of "barren,"
translates the word as "infertile." A woman might be infertile now, but
ten years ago was fertile and could have borne a child. So perhaps the
idea is that she is infertile now, and in the past has never borne a child.
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