[b-hebrew] Exo 12:40 430 years

Steve Miller smille10 at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jul 3 15:41:07 EDT 2009


> From: K Randolph Sent: Friday, July 03, 2009 2:33 PM
> 
> Steve:
> 
> How good is the text in this verse? Evidence from the LXX is that
> there is a phrase missing that would help clear things up. Do you know
> if there are any findings in the DSS that would back up the LXX?

[Steve Miller] Thanks Karl. 

LXX: Now the dwelling of the children of Israel, which they dwelt in the
land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, was 430 years.

Samaritan: Now the dwelling of the children of Israel and their fathers,
which they dwelt in the land of Canaan and in the land of Egypt, was 430
years.

DSS agrees with MT except that it says "land of Egypt" instead of just
"Egypt".

The differences between LXX and SP, plus DSS agreeing with MT, plus MT being
generally much better than LXX or SP, lead me to think that MT or DSS is the
correct text. 

> 
> On Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 9:17 PM, Steve Miller<smille10 at sbcglobal.net>
> wrote:
> > Exo 12:40 And the dwelling of the children of Israel, who dwelt in
> Egypt,
> > was four hundred and thirty years.
> >
> > 41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years,
> even
> > the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went
> out
> > from the land of Egypt.
> >
> > Questions:
> >
> > 1.      What is the antecedent of "asher" in Exo 12:40?
> >
> > a.      Is it "dwelling" as in:
> > And the dwelling of the children of Israel, which [dwelling] they [the
> > children of Israel] dwelt in Egypt, was 430 years?
> > b.      Or is the antecedent "the children of Israel" as in:
> > And the dwelling of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was 430
> > years?
> >
> a.
> 
> > 2.      What is the point of the "asher" phrase? If the intent was to
> say
> > that the children of Israel dwelt in Egypt 430 years, why not just say
> "And
> > the dwelling in Egypt of the children of Israel was 430 years?
> 
> It makes sense if a phrase is missing.
[Steve Miller] That is a good point.
> 
> > 3.      Does the Hebrew of v40 state unequivocally that Israel dwelt in
> > Egypt for 430 years?
> 
> As the MT presently stands, yes.
> 
> > The Stone Tanach translates the "asher" phrase as
> > "during which they dwelt in Egypt", but I don't know of a precedent for
> > adding "during". Could the "asher" phrase be translated "who then dwelt
> in
> > Egypt"?
> 
> Nah.
> 
> > 4.      Is it possible for the term "children of Israel" to include
> Abraham,
> > Isaac and Jacob? Is there another place in the Bible where it so refers?
> 
> Good question.
> 
> > 5.      I know that the main Jewish interpretation is that the 430 years
> > includes the sojourning of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, so that the actual
> > time in Egypt was only 210 or 215 years.  Is there another ancient
> Jewish
> > interpretation that says that Israel spent 430 years just in Egypt?
> >
> Well, the LXX backs up the Jewish tradition, which indicates that
> maybe the MT is faulty here.
> 
> > Thank you for your time.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >
> > -Steve Miller
> >
> > Detroit
> >
> > www.voiceInWilderness.info
> > A man's life consists not in the abundance of the things which he
> possesses.
> > (Luke 12:15)
> >
> It would be nice to find some pre-exile texts of Tanakh for
> comparison. But right now that’s a pipe dream. Even the evidence from
> the DSS is only fragmentory where many of our questions are found in
> the gaps in the DSS coverage. So we work with what we have.
> 
> Karl W. Randolph.




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