n Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages - Stump or stalk : Isaiah 6:13 in the light of the ancient versions

Volume 40, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0259-0131


This contribution examines two lexical problems in Isa 6:13 (שלבה and מצבה). It is argued that the common understanding of both words ("being felled" and "stump" respectively) is not supported by any of the ancient versions, nor by any evidence in Classical Hebrew. In dealing with the lexical problems involved it will turn out that, unlike modern scholarship, the ancients were on the right track. The article then explores what the proposed interpretation of both words ("shedding [leaves]" and "stalk" respectively) means for the exegesis of the verse as a whole.

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