[b-hebrew] Ex 6:6 hiphil imperative 'bring' (K Randolph)

Jerry Shepherd jshepherd53 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 13 04:39:51 EDT 2013

Hi Ruth,

Again, your contributions are always welcome.  Two things in response.

(1) I think you have put in good perspective just how reliable the
Masoretic pointing really is.  When Karl talks about the pointing being
possibly 99% accurate, but then goes on to say the that he doesn't trust
the pointing, it just sounds plain silly.  I would love to have a doctor
who got 99% in all his courses at medical school.  I would love to have the
lawyer who won 99% of his cases.  And I would hate to have entire classes
of students who always got 99% on their tests, because then my Dean would
call me on the carpet for giving out too many "A"s.  Besides this, I
believe the Masoretic is much more reliable than 99%.   There are certainly
mistakes from time to time; but usually contextual factors will serve to
call attention to them.  For the most part, a good rule of thumb is that
the Masoretic pointing is right until proven wrong.

(2) I actually did much of the same research you did with regard to
"strike" in baseball.  The problem with these websites is that they are
indeed websites, and the ones who run the pages are not always accurate
with their information.  So some of them will give varying information as
to how "strike" came to mean "miss."  Another site that has even more
complete information and gives a very full account is this one:


But what is important to note is that absolutely none of these sites
suggest that "strike," meaning to miss, came from a different root than
"strike" meaning to hit.  Note my last email to Karl where I call attention
to the fact that batters were first called "strikers."  So, the chances of
Karl's theory that "strike" in baseball, meaning to miss, comes from a
different root than "strike" in baseball, meaning to hit, has about as good
a chance of being true as a snowball's chance in Hades.  It only comes up
because of his insistence on his "single unique meaning" theory of lexemes.

So I concur with your wish for this one to be put to rest.

Requiescat in pace!



Jerry Shepherd
Taylor Seminary
Edmonton, Alberta
jshepherd53 at gmail.com
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