[b-hebrew] שלם used to denote non-peaceful word(s) “requite/revenge, repay”?
uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 31 20:58:01 EDT 2013
Keep in mind that the change in meaning occurs
with the change of Binyan: from Qal to Pi'el.
As for why the change in meaning from 'peace'
to 'vengeance', one speculation is as good as
another. Here is one - the root $LM refers to
'wholeness'; 'peace' is a secondary meaning.
Exacting revenge or recompense is another way
of restoring a 'wholeness' to a situation.
You may wish to look up the Piel noun-formation
of this root 'Shillum', Also the changes of this
root from Qal to Piel in Arabic (they have different
names) of the verb SLM, the equivalent in this case
of the Hebrew &LM.
Deut 32:41 reads, אָשִׁיב נָקָם לְצָרָי, וְלִמְשַׂנְאַי
This may not be new to
many, but I find it interesting that see the last word in the stitch, i.e. אֲשַׁלֵּם , root,שלם so often used to denote peace is being
used here in totally non-peaceful terms as: “to requite/ revenge, repay”?
What are you thoughts
on this please?
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