[b-hebrew] 2Ki 2:11-12
jaihare at gmail.com
Mon Oct 1 03:05:36 EDT 2007
The answer is found in verse 15. In the beginning of verse 12, it says
W)LY$( RW)H [ואלישע רואה], and this refers to the fact that he *did* see
Elijah go away into heaven. The confirmation in verse 15 says that NXH
RWX )LYHW (L )LY$( [נחה רוח אליהו על אלישע], "the spirit of Elijah has
rested upon Elisha."
Rishon LeZion, Israel
B. M. Rocine wrote:
> I see in this dramatic scene the writer's craft prefers many
> non-sequential verb forms such as infinitive, participle, and qatal. I
> take this to be a good way of expressing in BH that a lot of things in
> the narrative happened at once.
> So I am not sure whether Elisha saw Elijah taken up or not. Elisha's
> tearing of his clothes and his later "Where is YHWH, the God of Elijah?"
> suggest to me that Elisha may have thought he missed his chance to meet
> Elijah's condition for a double portion of his spirit.
> What are your thoughts? Does the language indicate Elisha saw Elijah
> taken from him or not?
> Thank you.
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