Vetus Testamentum 59 (2009) 320-322 brill.nl/vt Vetus Testamentum © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156853309X413381 Short Note A Note Pertaining to the Translation of Deut 6:4 Abstract Scholars who translate Deut 6:4c as “the Lord alone” claim that lbd is improper in a nominal clause. Elsewhere in the Hebrew Bible, however, lbd does occur in nominal clauses. Keywords Shema , translation, alone, Deuteronomy 6:4 In recent years, many Deuteronomy scholars have argued that the best trans- lation of Deuteronomy 6:4 is, “Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord alone!” 1 A possible objection to this suggestion, however, is that if such a meaning were intended, yhwh lbd would appear in v 6c as the more likely construction here. 2 Scholars who advocate the “alone” translation have responded to this objection by arguing that lbd is inappropriate here because it is an adverb. Weinfeld, citing Ehrlich, argues that lbd is “inappropriate in a nominal sentence”. 3 In order to understand how lbd might function in Deut 6:4, one must take into account the elliptical structure of the sentence. If the proper translation here were in fact “The Lord (is) our God, the Lord alone”, then it
Vetus Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: DEUTERONOMY 6:4; ALONE; SHEMA; TRANSLATION
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