The Translation of Job Xlii 61)

The Translation of Job Xlii 61) SHORT NOTES THE TRANSLATION OF JOB XLII 61) I want to argue for a translation of Job xlii 6 that differs sub- stantially from standard ones. The verse runs: Cal-ken 'em'as wen ibamti Cal- "apar wa "eper The RSV offers the following translation: Therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes. I would render it: Therefore I repudiate and repent of dust and ashes. I have employed "repent of" to render nhm `l because it is conven- tional. Something like "forswear" would be preferable. The verse has two enigmas. First, 'm's has no object. The RSV translators interpreted the verb reflexively, but this is without support. Elsewhere the verb takes an accusative naming the person, act or thing rejected or despised. A quasi-reflexive meaning is formed by adding by, nps or the like. BDB, to be sure, lists four other in- stances of this verb without an object (Job vii 16, xxxiv 33, xxxvi 5, Ezek. xxi 18 (dub.)), but none of these are genuinely reflexive. The RSV translators found it necessary to supply an object in every case. In our sentence "dust and ashes" might be its implicit object. Grammatically the prepositional phrase is attached http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Vetus Testamentum Brill

The Translation of Job Xlii 61)

Vetus Testamentum , Volume 26 (3): 369 – Jan 1, 1976

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© 1976 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0042-4935
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1568-5330
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10.1163/156853376X00538
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SHORT NOTES THE TRANSLATION OF JOB XLII 61) I want to argue for a translation of Job xlii 6 that differs sub- stantially from standard ones. The verse runs: Cal-ken 'em'as wen ibamti Cal- "apar wa "eper The RSV offers the following translation: Therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes. I would render it: Therefore I repudiate and repent of dust and ashes. I have employed "repent of" to render nhm `l because it is conven- tional. Something like "forswear" would be preferable. The verse has two enigmas. First, 'm's has no object. The RSV translators interpreted the verb reflexively, but this is without support. Elsewhere the verb takes an accusative naming the person, act or thing rejected or despised. A quasi-reflexive meaning is formed by adding by, nps or the like. BDB, to be sure, lists four other in- stances of this verb without an object (Job vii 16, xxxiv 33, xxxvi 5, Ezek. xxi 18 (dub.)), but none of these are genuinely reflexive. The RSV translators found it necessary to supply an object in every case. In our sentence "dust and ashes" might be its implicit object. Grammatically the prepositional phrase is attached

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Published: Jan 1, 1976

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