Is.52:10 ἀποκαλύψει κύριος τὸν βραχίονα αὐτοῦ

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Stephen Hughes
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Re: Is.52:10 ἀποκαλύψει κύριος τὸν βραχίονα αὐτοῦ

Post by Stephen Hughes » August 31st, 2016, 10:16 am

An answer that raises another question.

Is the short cubit (πυγμή) used in the Biblical measurement system, or as a word for soecifically the forearm?
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Re: Is.52:10 ἀποκαλύψει κύριος τὸν βραχίονα αὐτοῦ

Post by S Walch » August 31st, 2016, 10:57 am

Only used to mean "fist" in Exo 21:18 and Isa 58:4, as a translation of אֶגְרֹף, which again is not used as a unit of measurement in the Tanakh.

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Re: Is.52:10 ἀποκαλύψει κύριος τὸν βραχίονα αὐτοῦ

Post by Stephen Hughes » August 31st, 2016, 12:07 pm

Fists are not very effective without at least the forearm behind them. I can't imagine that o mean "fist" in Exodus 21:18 and Isaish 58:4 are based on the imagery of twiddling the wrist so just the fist strike - like some sort of back-handed knocking on the chest.
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Re: Is.52:10 ἀποκαλύψει κύριος τὸν βραχίονα αὐτοῦ

Post by S Walch » September 1st, 2016, 4:36 am

Quite possible that it is more a club/stick that has a fist-shaped end to it - that would be quite effective in Exo 21:18 :)

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