Re: Gen. 21:9

From: Jim West (jwest@Highland.Net)
Date: Wed Nov 11 1998 - 08:14:30 EST

At 01:23 PM 11/11/98, you wrote:

> PAIZW to "kid" - to treat childishly; to play as children play.
> With intense sibling rivalry no doubt. Bullying is a perpetual problem
> in children's schools.
> Ben

This verse is an excellent case of how later tradents attempted to soften
the horror of the text they found--- and tradents continue to do it.

It is fascinating, isnt it, that the Hebrew text intentionally uses a word
that, in the context of Genesis, is certainly not mere "childish teasing"
(else that is what Isaac is doing with Rebecca- and N.B.- does ANYONE
believe the Hebrew verb in that case describes "teasing or childish
bullying"?). So, this fairly self evident Hebrew word is transformed by the
Greek translators to something less horrifying. And so, modern exegetes, in
many cases, rather than allowing the text to speak for itself, soften it and
ameliorate its meaning.

One question--- if we adopt the idea that Ishmael was just sorta picking on
Isaac as brothers are wont to do--- why did momma get so mad and drive him out?

It is clear that the LXX has intentionally altered the text to remove any
hint of pagan behavior by the descendants of Abraham (the LXX does this a
lot!!!!). But most moderns do so as well?




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