[b-hebrew] Where Is Jacob's Ladder?
B. M. Rocine
brocine at twcny.rr.com
Fri Nov 9 17:45:13 EST 2007
Contrary to Speiser, I say the vowel pointing of bammaqom has little to
do with this business. Moses writes, vayyiphga` bammaqom vayyalen sham
vayyiqqax me'abney hammaqom. See how the writer tracks the place in
three successive clauses: bammaqom...sham...hammaqom. Clearly the
place is monumental in importance. It is a *certain place*.
In fact, if the setting is not important and specific in the narrative,
why does the writer need to even mention that Jacob happened upon *a*
place or *the* place where he stayed the night? For the writer to
mention the obvious here is to highlight the significant.
I think the rules of cooperation and relevance that exist between a
writer and his audience strongly indicate that it was a "certain place."
I don't imagine this has much to do with Jim's hypothesis one way or the
other, a hypothesis which I also do *not* think has "a place" in the
dwashbur at nyx.net wrote:
> On 9 Nov 2007 at 14:51, JimStinehart at aol.com wrote:
>> Most translations do in fact say "a certain place". The JPS1917, which is
>> often the best translation, instead says "the place".
>> E.A. Speiser says: "a certain place. The attribute is implicit in the d
>> efinite article of Heb."
>> What am I missing here? Is the B considered a definite article here? Why?
>> And if so, why "a certain place" rather than "the place"?
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