[b-hebrew] Object of "lamo" in Isaiah 53

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Thu Jul 5 14:44:12 EDT 2007


This is very definitely not the case in Genesis 9:26–27, where
grammatically the closest noun is the object, not the subject.

In Isaiah 53:8 the noun "my people" is used grammatically as an
adjective, not used as a noun, hence it is not the subject of LMW. The
next closest noun is "rebellion", prefixed with a M- in this context
meaning "because of", so it cannot be the subject of LMW.
Grammatically speaking, the subject of LMW is the "slave" who is
contextually distinct from "my people".

Karl W. Randolph.

On 7/5/07, Vadim Cherny <vadimcherny at mail.ru> wrote:
> lamo, as other prepositions, normally refers to the closest logically
> acceptable noun. Unless there is an overwhelming reason to relate
> preposition to a remote noun, the closest noun is your best bet.
> In Isaiah 53:8, lamo likely refers to ami, my people. Strictly speaking,
> lamo could also relate to "him," the suffering servant; transposition is
> possible. Preference is only a matter of interpretation.
> Vadim Cherny
> http://vadimcherny.org/judaism/isaiah53.htm

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