[b-hebrew] Exodus 21:8

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Thu Oct 29 12:17:43 EDT 2009


Thanks for your response, but it didn’t answer my questions.

On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 7:11 PM, Joel C. Salomon <joelcsalomon at gmail.com>wrote:

> K Randolph wrote:
> > This is from the section from verses 7 – 11 dealing with how one should
> deal
> > with a purchased Hebrew slave girl.
> >
> >  אם־רעה בעיני אדניה אשׁר־לא יעדה והפדה לעם נכרי לא־ימשׁל למכרה בבגדו־בה׃
> >
> The first unclear verb (what the master “did not do” or “did to him”) is
> יעדה (designated her), not ידעה (sexual relations).

Here I read יעדה as calling her to an appointed meeting, with the
implications that it is sexual in nature.

>  The traditional
> explanation is a combination of the Qere/Qetiv:
>        אשר לא יעדה     that he did not designate her
>        אשר לו יעדה     that he designated her for himself
> Rashi says “שהיה לו ליעדה ולהכניסה לו לאשה” (he should have designated
> her and married her).
> The second verb in question (והפדה) is taken to be a form of the verb
> פדה, “redeemed”.

This is what puzzles me, in that “redeem” does not fit the context here.
This is a Hebrew female slave, therefore she is not to be “redeemed to a
foreign people” והפדה לעם נכרי . How does redemption fit in there at all?

Further, in the context of יעדה which has a fem sing pron suffix, I would
expect that the final heh on והפדה is the same. Which brings up a question,
is there any example of a fem sing pron suffix on a third pers Qatal
lamed-heh verb other than this disputed case?

> I’ll check how S. R. Hirsch explains the grammar tomorrow.
> —Joel Salomon

Karl W. Randolph.

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