[b-hebrew] yorenu (Isaiah 28:26)

Gabe Eisenstein gabe at cascadeaccess.com
Mon Jun 30 14:33:16 EDT 2008

I will answer two side-questions while awaiting clarification on 
/yorenu/ translated as "Let him teach us". (I guess you'd call the 
English "let--" construction an imperative? I am understanding 
/yore(nu)/ as the 3rd person imperfect of /yarah/ in the hiphil, and 
can't see how it could be imperative.)

Who do you think is HIS god, is it also OUR God?
Isaac Fried, Boston University

Yes. In the parable, the Israelites use the quoted expression "his God" 
to refer to the Evil Inclination -- the idea being to emphasize that the 
E.I. was created by God, who therefore should take some responsibility 
for it ... preferably by giving us the willpower/understanding needed to 
tame it.

KJV: Is. 28:26 For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth 
teach him.

HH: But the text cited in the Talmud itself also corresponds to typical 
translations. Rabbah b. Bar Hana takes it differently, but is he serious 
or playing with words? For what do you do with the first half of the 
verse, where the object is clearly 3ms.

I think that the wordplay engaged in by Rabbah b. bar Hana is typical of 
hundreds of Talmudic passages, where quoted words are given unusual 
meanings by shifting the context. This kind of creative interpretation 
is playful in form, but I operate on the assumption that there is an 
underlying point that is serious.
I could go off on a tangent here... maybe I already have! I am new to 
this list so let me know.

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