[b-hebrew] Idiomatic phrases

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Mon Sep 26 12:13:26 EDT 2011


Just thought of another one:

אטר יד־ימינו = restricted in the use of his right hand

or as we would say in English, left-handed. Found in Judges 3:15 and 20:16.

On Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 3:24 PM, Chavoux Luyt <chavoux at gmail.com> wrote:

> Some eufemisms might be less common (=applicable to beginning
> students), but are interesting nonetheless:
> E.g. Job 2:9 - ברך אלהים (berach Elohim) = "curse God" (bless God)

This one has been flagged by others as an example of “political correctness”
corruption of the text by the Masoretes, but absent of textual evidence
either way, I don’t know.

Karl W. Randolph.

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