[b-hebrew] antonyms

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Thu Dec 30 12:26:28 EST 2010


Fred:

You have just done one of the oldest logical errors as pertains to reading
Tanakh, namely to take two statements out of the contexts where they were
written, then to put them together in a way as to claim that they refer to
the same context. They don’t.

Just read the contexts, and your whole question falls apart.

Karl W. Randolph.

On Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 8:00 AM, fred burlingame <tensorpath at gmail.com>wrote:

> a common & popular feature of the language; and so we have
>
>
> וראיתם את הארץ מה הוא ואת העם הישב עליה החזק הוא הרפה המעט הוא אם רב
>
> במדבר יג יח
>
> sounds routine and uneventful ...
>
> but then we arrive at  .....
>
> ולא ירבה לו נשים ולא יסור לבבו וכסף וזהב לא ירבה לו מאד
>
> דברים יז יז
>
> and voila ... מעט becomes אחד , at least in the modern,
> implied, understanding of the latter passage.
>
> certainly, the experience of דוד and שלמה testify to vitality of the
> antonyms רב and מעט ; rather than רב and אחד . How did this transformation
> in antonyms occur from the written language then ... to the modern
> understanding of that language today?
>
> regards,
>
> fred burlingame


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