[b-hebrew] RUTH Re: Hebrew as a Spoken Language vs. Aramaic

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Tue Oct 30 05:37:38 EDT 2007


Looking at the dictionary built into my Mac, I get the following:

redaction |riˈdak sh ən|
the process of editing text for publication.
     • a version of a text, such as a new edition or an abridged version.
DERIVATIVES redactional |- sh ənl| adjective
ORIGIN late 18th cent.: from French rédaction, from late Latin
redactio(n-), from redigere 'bring back.'

In both French and German, it is the word for "edit" as at a
newspaper. I suspect that it came into English because people wanted
to give a higher cachet to the ancient editors than using the same
word applied to newspaper editing.

Karl W. Randolph.

On 10/29/07, Shoshanna Walker <rosewalk at concentric.net> wrote:
> But the notes from this Table - I can't quote them all - I quoted
> some of them in parentheses - use the word 'redacted' as a synonym
> for 'wrote' and/or 'transcribed'
> Here is my (partial) list:
> Pentateuch redacted by Moshe  (the last 8 verses of the Torah, which
> refer to Moshe's death, were either written by Moshe be'dima - with
> tears - or by Joshua)
> Joshua redacted by Joshua - the notes say, "The book of Joshua was
> written by Joshua, through Joshua 24:29 (which refers to Joshua's
> death), and was completed by Pinchas ben Elazar ben Aharon HaCohen
> )Bava Basra  15a)
> Judges redacted by Samuel (Samuel wrote Judges and Samuel I, until I
> Samuel 28:3, which refers to Samuel's death.  The remainder was
> completed by Gad haChozeh and Natan HaNavi0
> Kings redacted by Jeremiah (Jeremiah wrote Jeremiah, Kings and Eichah)
> Isaiah redacted by Anshei Chizkiah (the scholars of King Chizkiah's
> generation, who survived Chizkiah by a number of years, transcribed
> Isaiah's prophecies after he was slain by Menashe (Yevamos 49b)
> Jeremiah redacted by Jeremiah
> Yechezkiel redacted by Anshei Knesset HaGedolah
> Trei Asar redacted by Anshei Knesset HaGedolah
> Psalms redacted by King David and Ten Elders (the notes name these ten Elders)
> Song of Songs redacted by Anshei Chizkiah (Song of Songs,
> Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs were written by King Solomon, and were
> transcribed by Anshei Chizkiah (see Proverbs, 25:1)
> OK, I'm not going to finish - you get the picture...
> Shoshanna Walker
> >
> > QUESTION:  What does "Redacted" mean?
> >
> > Shoshanna
> >
> Edited.
> Karl W. Randolph.

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