[b-hebrew] Los Lunas and the ninth commandment
ted at reactor-core.org
Sat Mar 29 13:05:41 EDT 2008
On Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 12:32:03PM -0700, K Randolph wrote:
>Since we are in North America, we thought it would be neat to base our
>doorposts on the Los Lunas inscription, the North American version of
>the ten commandments. Based on Karl's translation, I have a few more
>questions before deciding that it is suitable for this style of
>mezuzah. I'll post them later.
Here are the questions. They concern the ninth commandment.
Karl, I notice in your translation of the Los Lunas decalogue, it reads:
* Don't answer concerning your neighbor falseness.
Lately, Jeff Benner posted a translation of the Masoretic that looks
* LA TONE BROK OD SQR
* You will not testify in your friend a testimony of deception.
I noticed that the prefix "B" can mean in or with. So I put this on my
* You will not testify with your friend a testimony of deception.
Then we have the traditional translation:
* You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
So, the question is, which is the best translation?
From Karl's translation I get the same meaning as in the traditional
translation, to wit, don't tell lies about your neighbor. With the Jeff
Benner translation, I got the impression that you are not supposed to
tell lies TO your friend. And when I traded "in" for "with" in my
mezuzah, I got an anti-conspiracy law, "Don't collude with your neighbor
to give false testimony".
Although untraditional, is there any merit to the latter two
understandings of the ninth commandment?
X is for tsade because ts is similar to ks.
Y is for teth, because it once carried the "th" sound in English.
C is for samekh, because it once carried the s (also sh and ch) sounds.
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