SHORT NOTES ISAIAH LIII 10: TAKING AN "IF" OUT OF THE SACRIFICE OF THE SERVANT There is an inconsistency in the MT of Isa. liii 10, noted more than twenty years ago by M. Dahood,' and echoed by him and others more recently.2 It is the purpose of the present writer to draw attention to lQIsa as support for Dahood's suggestion. From the MT we have: wyhwh hapes dakke)ô hehlli 'I'm-td?im 'asam yaapso ("and the Lord was pleased to crush him; he made him suffer. If he would render himself as a guilt offering", etc.). Commentators have long thought it necessary to emend this text, e.g., to read following the Vulgate, "if he gives". The inconsistency is this: the third person masculine singular suf- fix 6 in na?so is in disagreement with the second person masculine singular of the verb. Dahood suggested a redivision of the words to )e met sam nap!6), "truly he made himself an offer- ing for sin". IQISA reveals that the text tradition reflected in that Ms. supports Dahood's word division: the mem in question is assuredly not a final form.3 When we delete the yôd, which arose secondarily, the word sm becomes a
Vetus Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1982
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