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CHAT: (short) Re: Biblical Hebrew

From:Andy Canivet <cathode_ray00@...>
Date:Saturday, August 17, 2002, 7:24
>From: John Cowan <jcowan@...> >The concepts "womb", "bowels", and "compassion" seem to be clearly >connected.
>From: Peter Clark <peter-clark@...> > Sure; one word for mercy (although relatively rare, compared > >with "hesed" ("grace, loving-kindness") is racham, although in general it >has connotations of "to have compassion" or "cherishing."
Actually, the whole thing came up in a discussion of lovingkindness in Buddhist practice, and the best English word to use when talking about it (besides lovingkindness).
> As for interpretation problems, not likely. For instance, take >Genesis 43:14 "And God Almighty give you mercy before the >man..." You plainly cannot insert "womb" in place of "mercy," especially >since Jacob is talking to his sons, who are about to go off to see the >Egyptian prime minister (Joseph). :) As usualy, context disambiguates. > :Peter
The gist of the conversation was that the notion of the womb, or womb-like implied much more compassion than mercy, and that (theoretically) the use of the word mercy is a somewhat unfortunate mistranslation that crept in somewhere along the line - i.e. "God is compassionate" (wants to share life the way mother & child do) vs. "God is merciful" (is within his rights to punish us but doesn't). Mothers are naturally compassionate, judges extend mercy to guilty criminals... then again, I wonder if a lot of people would find the distinction that profound or not... Anyway, its interesting to consider - thanks guys :) Andy _________________________________________________________________ MSN Photos is the easiest way to share and print your photos:


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