CONTRA CREATION, COVENANT AND CONQUEST (Jer. viii 13) by MICHAEL DEROCHE *) Hamilton, Ontario Jer. viii 13 is one of those passages whose meaning continues to elude modern scholars. The very first clause, 'dsrop has been translated, "When I would gather them" (RSV), "I will gather them all in" (NAB), "I will destroy them utterly" (J. lVloffatt), and "Gather- ing I will end them" 1), to give only a few examples. J. Bright wants to revocalize the MT so that it reads either, "I will gather their harvest", or, "I will thoroughly harvest them" 2). Even more problematic is the last colon, ivd'ette? ldhem ya `aberisrn which is usually translated along the lines of the RSV: "and what I gave them has passed away from them". Literally the colon is trans- lated "I gave to them, they pass by them". The apparent difficulties with this colon have led most scholars to one of two conclusions. Either they emend the text, or they follow the LXX and omit the colon 3) Lundbom, not knowing with which group to side, retains the colon on some occasions (pp. 30, 66), and omits it on others (pp. 82-4). However, as will be
Vetus Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1980
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