Amos: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text (Baylor Handbook on the by Duane A. Garrett

By Duane A. Garrett

This 3rd quantity within the Baylor guide at the Hebrew Bible sequence presents specialist, entire tips in answering major questions about the Hebrew textual content. whereas reflecting the newest advances in scholarship on Hebrew grammar and linguistics, the paintings makes use of a mode that's lucid sufficient to function an invaluable agent for instructing and self-study.

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A1a 2:4b A1b A1c A1d Line A1a: The colon-marker is zaqeph qaton and the constraints are: 0 predicators, 1 constituent, and 3 units. This line is dependent on the following line. ‫יְהּודה‬ ֔ ָ ‫ֹלׁש ֙ה ִּפ ְׁש ֵע֣י‬ ָ ‫ל־ׁש‬ ְ ‫ ַע‬. The accusations against Judah are not general crimes against humanity, as was the case in the accusations against the Gentiles, but concern covenant violations.

Each line is headed by a weqatal except where there is gapping (line Be) and in the final line. The seven lines of divine judgment correspond to the seven (3 + 4) sins of Damascus in 1:3. indd 25 6/6/08 2:24:28 PM 26 Amos 1:4-5 ‫ת־אוֶ ן‬ ָ֔ ‫יֹוׁש ֙ב ִמ ִּב ְק ַע‬ ֵ ‫וְ ִה ְכ ַר ִ ּ֤תי‬ ‫תֹומְך ֵ ׁ֖ש ֶבט ִמ ֵּב֣ית ֶע ֶ֑דן‬ ֥ ֵ ְ‫ו‬ ‫ם־א ָ ֛רם ִ ֖ק ָירה‬ ֲ ‫וְ גָ ֧לּו ַע‬ ‫הוה׃ פ‬ ֽ ָ ְ‫ָא ַ ֥מר י‬ Bd Be Bf Bg Line Ba: The colon-marker is athnach and the constraints are: 1 predicator, 3 constituents, and 4 units.

However, as Shalom Paul states, such an interpretation “is a makeshift one and is totally unattested” (Paul 1991, 64). Various interpretations for ‫ ַר ֲח ִמים‬here have been proposed, including the unconvincing notion that it refers to treaty partners (see Fishbane 1970 and 1972; Coote 1971; Barré 1985). It is more likely here that ‫“( ֶר ֶחם‬womb”) is used by metonymy for “women” especially in their capacity as child-bearers. indd 39 6/6/08 2:24:34 PM 40 Amos 1:11 “Won’t they find [and] divide plunder?

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