[b-hebrew] 1 Kings 8:27 - how much less this house that I have builded (interrogative)

fred burlingame tensorpath at gmail.com
Fri Dec 24 09:55:48 EST 2010

Hello Steven:

You can change "how much less" to "furthermore;" and avoid double negative.

You can also make a new sentence to avoid the double negative. The hebrew
originally contained sentence punctuation, not.


fred burlingame

On Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 2:15 AM, schmuel <schmuel at nyc.rr.com> wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> Greetings to the b-hebrew crew !
> In this verse:
> 1 Kings 8:27 (KJB)
> But will God indeed dwell on the earth?
> behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee;
> how much less this house that I have builded?
> We have a double interrogative in the AV.
> There is a parallel verse in 2 Chronicles where this is exclamatory in the
> AV.
> 2 Chronicles 6:18 (KJB)
> But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth?
> behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee;
> how much less this house which I have built!
> Also in the Emphasized by Joseph Bryan Rotherdam, exceedingly literal and
> quite independent of the AV.
> Emphasized
> 1 Kings 8:27
> http://books.google.com/books?id=6Hs8It79excC&pg=PA360
> 2 Chronicles 6:18
> http://books.google.com/books?id=6Hs8It79excC&pg=PA441
> Webster and Lamsa have the same distinction, however they are more likely
> to be AV influenced.
> Yet most modern versions only have the single interrogative in the 1 Kings
> verse.
> There are differences in the Hebrew of the verses as a whole which might
> change the flow of the sentence, or there could be a more direct marker.
>  And there are also the issue of the exact Masoretic Text manuscripts used,
> and their various marks.  Any help understanding the Hebrew difference that
> is unto the interrogative will be much appreciated.  Keep in mind that
> Rotherdam would be using the pre-Kittel text, which would be a Ginsburg (Ben
> Hayim) text, similar to the AV text rather than the Kittel 3rd-edition and
> later standard.
> Shalom,
> Steven Avery
> Queens, NY
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