[b-hebrew] Anderson-Forbes analysis of 1 Chron 29:1

Kirk Lowery Kirk at GrovesCenter.org
Mon Mar 19 10:19:15 EDT 2012


Sorry for the delayed response. Here is my take on things:

Translation: "My son Solomon -- God has chosen him alone (echad) -- is
young and inexperienced." [echad understood as a noun functioning as an
adverb] The majority of English translations more or less follow this

A more "literal" translation might be: "My son Solomon -- one (only) has
God chosen in him -- is young and inexperienced." [echad is the object
of the verb; BOW 'in him' is now interpreted as a simple prepositional

I prefer the second analysis.

The entire phrase from echad to elohim is an imbedded clause. It is a
thought which has been interjected into a nominal (verbless) clause.
There is no relative pronoun or function. Yes, English syntax might
require a relative pronoun and some translations do this, but I think
the translation above better reflects what the Hebrew is doing.

I offer my own take on the syntax analysis of this embedded clause:


Hope this helps.


Kirk E. Lowery, PhD
President & Senior Research Fellow
The J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research
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