From: perry.stepp@chrysalis.org
Date: Sat Oct 07 1995 - 18:33:46 EDT

A bit of interesting marginalia regarding salt that has lost its savor--

Lk 14.34: "Salt is good, but if even it loses its saltiness . . ." (KALON OUN
TO hALAC EAN DE KAI TO hALAC MWRANQH). Marshall (NIGNTC) explains the use of
MWRANQH (from MWROC, "foolish") by noting that the Hebrew *tafal* means both "a
lack of saltiness" and "foolishness" (see Job 1.6, 22; Job 24.12; Jer 23.13).

>From this I surmise that there was some kind of proverbial association between
salty salt and wisdom.

Grace and peace,

Perry L. Stepp, Baylor University

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