[b-hebrew] k'ehad mimenou

Oun Kwon kwonbbl at gmail.com
Thu Nov 3 08:50:01 EDT 2011

Re: 'knowledge good and evil'

I believe the phrase should be understood as 'knowledge of right and
wrong' - something to do with the nature of Adam's sin - deciding what
is right and wrong on their own, which should be in God's hand.  The
concept of 'good-and-evil' is much subordinate as 'evil' being
'absence of good', rather than a separate condition/power in dualistic

The only translation I find this way is CEV, which is not suitable for
serious study ;-<

Oun Kwon.

On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 10:13 PM, Andronic Khandjani
<andronicusmy at gmail.com> wrote:
> We usually renders Genesis 3:22 by "" Behold, the man is become as one of
> us, to know good and evil", a targum translates mimenou by "by himself" and
> the mim and the lam may suggest some motion. Mim may suggest subtraction and
> lam adhesion.  Eva is not even mentioned but only Adam.
> Is it possible that k'ehad refer to the unity of Genesis 2.24, if so Adam
> refers here to the humanity and we may render the verse like this:
> "The human became as one by their own initiative through the knowledge of
> good and evil"?
> .
> Firouz Khandjani

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