[b-hebrew] The Name "Joseph"

Jan Hagen jan.hagen at gmx.de
Tue Jan 15 18:49:13 EST 2008


On Wed, 2 Jan 2008 10:32:08 EST
JimStinehart at aol.com wrote:

> An ultra literal translation of Genesis 30: 24 is:  “Added YHWH to me son 
> another”.  In English, the word “another” must precede the word “son”, giving 
> us the following literal translation:  “Added YHWH to me another son.”  Why 
> the peculiar reference to “another son”?  Gesenius says that this Hebrew word “
> another” especially means:  one that follows a first or second, etc.  Why is 
> Rachel choosing such a circumspect name for her son?  Why does Rachel seem to 
> be saying, and emphasizing, that Joseph should be viewed as being just “another 
> son”?

Why don't you read YSP as participle, which it is, and read v24 as a nominal wish sentence?
Rachel wishes another son after Joseph , and not him being another son.

Jan Hagen

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