[b-hebrew] Definite Article 7:14 - HNH

JoeWallack at aol.com JoeWallack at aol.com
Mon Jul 16 11:23:47 EDT 2007

I have Faith that it has now been sufficiently demonstrated here that the  
Hebrew definite article H statistically usually provides the same function as  
the English defnite article and therefore an English translation of THE is  
usually indicated. It has also been demonstrated here though that in some  
instances where the Hebrew definite article is used the context does not support  an 
English translation of THE, either because the Hebrew context does not  
indicate anything definite or English would emphasize an indefinite quality  where 
Hebrew would emphasize a definite quality. 
I would now like to expand beyond the offending word H to the surrounding  
context to help determine if anything definite is indicated by the Hebrew and if 
 so, what it is:
יד  לָכֵן יִתֵּן אֲדֹנָי הוּא,  לָכֶם--אוֹת:  הִנֵּה 
הָעַלְמָה, הָרָה  וְיֹלֶדֶת בֵּן, וְקָרָאת שְׁמוֹ, עִמָּנוּ 
אֵל. 14 Therefore the  Lord Himself shall give you a sign: behold, the young 
woman shall conceive, and  bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
The closest Textual Marker I see here to the offending word is:
Common translations are "here is", "behold" and "look". For starters, BDB  
Lexicon looks to me to give a most often usage in the Jewish Bible of a  
connotation of the visual as in pointing to something physically present. This  is a 
Natural combination to the use of the definite article for the young woman  as 
the picture is Isaiah physically pointing to the young woman in the presence  
of Ahaz. 
HNH is a relatively common word though and has a broader meaning than the  
physical connotation. BDB gives the next usage category as emphasizing the  
connotation of an attention getting device for new information and has  
categorized 7:14 here (mistakenly in my opinion). 
Joseph Wallack

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