[b-hebrew] virginity

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Wed Jul 18 21:23:11 EDT 2007


NA(ARAH is for the young girl being agile, nimble, brisk, sprightly  
and vigorous, as indicated by the presence of the letter R in the  
name. (ALMAH and BTULAH is for her elevation [the letter L], mass  
[the letter M], and thickness of body [the letter B]. I notice that  
YELED, 'boy', has an L too.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Jul 18, 2007, at 8:49 PM, dwashbur at nyx.net wrote:

> In addition, Judges 21:12 piles up 3 terms, NA(AR, B:TUWLFH, and  
> "who did not  know to
> lie with a man," a rather unusual expression, methinks.  The  
> previous verse says to kill ever
> woman "who knows lying-down with a male" (my own literal  
> rendering).  All this suggests
> that the language being used here is very intensive and hardly  
> normative for regular
> narrative, much less poetry.  I doubt we can infer anything at all  
> about Isaiah from this
> verse.
> On 19 Jul 2007 at 10:03, Bill Rea wrote:
>> Tory wrote:-
>>> If Isaiah had intended physical virginity to be clearly  
>>> understood he
>>> would have undoubtedly wrote "woman/girl whom no man had known..."
>>> which is the manner in which the Hebrew author of Jdg. xxi 12
>>> expresses physical virginity so as to remove any possibility of  
>>> doubt.
>> This is an assumption on your part. As such you can't elevate an
>> assumption to a fact. The Judges 21:12 can easily be read otherwise.
>> To insist that the author must have added ``whom no man had known''
>> to remove doubt is a reasonable assumption but no more reasonable
>> than believing the author was engaging in repitition for literary
>> effect. Part of the art of Hebrew poetry is in the skill of the
>> use of parallels. It was a well known art form and it is a reasonable
>> assumption the writer was thoroughly familiar with it. A
>> prose writer could also use this device. Since someone brought up
>> the question of how scholarship is done, a scholar should have
>> no difficulty in acknowledging uncertainly where uncertainly
>> exists. The reasons the writer had for adding ``whom no man had
>> known'' in Judges 21:12 are uncertain. And that's a certainty :-)
>> Bill Rea, ICT Services, University of Canterbury \_
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> But I can't say Sylvester, George!
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