[b-hebrew] Judges 5:2, two questions

Dana Densmore verdelion at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 31 12:32:16 EDT 2008

Dear Karl Randolph,

Thank you for your reply.  I find your understanding of PR( and PR(WT plausible and I like it; I want to ponder it some more in the context of the whole narrative, which I agree does support the idea (people afraid to leave their villages and so on).   

I'm not sure about your suggestion of  placing the people offering themselves so tightly with  BRKW YHWH.  I know you don't set store by the Masoretic markings, but I am influenced to consider that the atnach on (M groups both actions of the infinitives together and  makes the BKRW YHWH some sort of response or conclusion to both.  Still, I hear your way of reading it and am giving it some thought.

Dana Densmore 

From: K Randolph <kwrandolph at gmail.com>
To: b-hebrew posts <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, October 31, 2008 4:54:01 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Judges 5:2, two questions

Thanks for an interesting question.

On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 12:03 PM, Dana Densmore <verdelion at yahoo.com> wrote:

> B-hebrew listmembers, I have two questions about this verse in the song of
> Deborah to offer for your expertise and insights.  Judges 5:2.
> 1.  re the verb root PR( and its associated noun.  Whether we are taking it
> to be related to leading/leaders or to the unbinding of hair, we have the
> masculine singular noun in the same form PERA( appearing in what I (and BDB)
> take to be a plural noun PR(WT.
> The verb means "to set loose, as free from restraint" and the noun
feminine refers to a troop that acts in an unrestrained manner. Later in the
context, verses 6 and following, we see that the people were afraid to leave
walled villages because of the danger they faced.

> 2.  The last two words of the verse certainly could be an imperative, [you
> pl] Bless YHVH.  And given the context of the Song, that seems probably most
> likely.  But is there any internal evidence that would prevent the sense of
> the verse from being "when men were unbinding their hair in Israel [or the
> leaders leading], and when the people were offering themselves, they blessed
> YHVH."  That is, that their coming out for the war at Deborah's/YHVH's call
> was an act of blessing.
> This is the equivalent to the English phrase "Praise the Lord!"

> Thanks for your thoughts on this.
> Dana Densmore
> University of Wales
> This first verse of the song sets up the theme. "While the troops without
restraint were set loose in Israel, praise the Lord that the people

Karl W. Randolph.
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