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Bibil Identifier bibil:217126
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) 'Whoever Gives Me Thorns and Thistles': Rhetorical Ambiguity and the Use of ‭ןתי‬ ‭ימ‬ in Isaiah 27.2-6
Author Johnson, Benjamin J.M.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 36, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 105-126 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Isaiah 27.2-6, sometimes known as the ‘new song of the vineyard’, is a very difficult text. It has many textual oddities and it can be variously interpreted as a promise of salvation or a warning of judgment. This study proposes to alleviate some of the difficulties of Isa. 27.2-6 by reading them as an intentional device of rhetorical ambiguity which causes readers to reassess as they read. Specifically, it is suggested that the phrase ‭יננתי־ימ‬, most frequently understood as an optative idiom, ‘O that I had’, should rather be understood in this context as a simple indefinite and translated: ‘whoever gives me’. It is argued that this interpretation of the phrase ‭ןתי‬ ‭ימ‬ is both grammatically plausible and makes the most sense of this new song of the vineyard.
DOI 10.1177/0309089211419416
Pericopes Isaiah 27,2-27,6
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