"to call upon the name of ..."

From: Kevin L. Barney (klbarney@yahoo.com)
Date: Mon Oct 12 1998 - 22:58:10 EDT

Below is a message I tried to send several days ago that apparently never
got through. I have been unable to get through to the Lyris server until
just now, so I suspect it was down for awhile.

In Genesis 4:26, the "name" is significant. I would read "then began men
to call upon the name of the LORD" to mean that at that time people began
to worship God by his name YHWH. I suspect, however, that in many contexts
"to call upon the name of X" is simply a pleonastic way of saying "to call
upon X." Compare such Semitic expressions as "by the arm of the LORD"
(="by the LORD") or "by the mouth of his prophets" (="by his prophets").

Kevin L. Barney
Hoffman Estates, Illinois

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