[b-hebrew] כְּעֵין אֶבֶן תַּרְשִֽׁישׁ - "like the gleam of a Tarshish stone"? (Ezek 10:9)

David Kolinsky hadeesh at sbcglobal.net
Sat Jul 13 22:27:21 EDT 2013


I am not near my Hebrew Tanakh, but \YN also means "appearance."  "Like the appearance of a Tarsheesh stone" has almost the same meaning.

David Kolinsky
Monterey Ca


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Subject: [b-hebrew] כְּעֵין אֶבֶן תַּרְשִֽׁישׁ - "like the gleam of a Tarshish stone"? (Ezek 10:9)
 


"Then I looked, and behold, four wheels beside the cherubim, one wheel beside each cherub; and the appearance of the wheels was like the gleam of a  Tarshish stone."


Is there any evidence from the ancient Near East of cognates of עין being understood similarly as 'gleam'? I know that the eyes can be 'made bright' (from אוֹר) - cf. Ps 13.3. Further, I know that some Egyptian traditions envision the sun as an eye (of Ra, etc.) - but obviously neither of these are really parallel to the use of עין in Ezek 10 (and 1:16, as well).



Stewart Felker

University of Memphis

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