A Critical And Exegetical Commentary On Judges George Foot Moore Author
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 Excerpt: ...The meaning of the verb, which is found only here, is unknown, and the mention of Mt. Gilead (east of the Jordan, 517) is quite irreconcilable with the topography of the story. The emendation of Clericus, Gilboa, would bring the situation into accord with 6s3; but if Gideon was, as is supposed, encamped on Mt. Gilboa, the direction to return home from Mt. Gilboa is entirely superfluous. Ewald surmises that the words are an old proverbial saying in East Manasseh, in the present context meaning no more than slink from the field of battle. § But the use of such an expression by the writer, without explanation, would simply invite misunderstanding.--Twenty-two thousand men availed themselves of this permission; ten thousand remained with Gideon.--4. The numbers are still too great; Yahweh prescribes a new test.--Take them down to the waters, and let me separate them for thee there remove the inferior elements which are not fit for the high enterprise; the figure is taken from the refining of the precious metals by smelting out the baser admixture of the ore; Is. i25 Mai. 323. What waters are meant, we cannot determine. The common opinion that they are the Nahr Galud, the stream which rises in 'Ain Galud (see on v1), and, fed by other springs, flows past Beisan to the Jordan, labours under all the uncertainties and difficulties which beset Stanley's hypothesis. Yahweh will there tell him who shall go with him and who not.--5. Those who throw themselves flat on the ground, with their faces to the water, and lap it up with their tongues like dogs, are to be set by themselves, and those who kneel down to drink (from their hands), by themselves.--6. The number of those who lapped with their hands to their mouths amounted to three hundred men the wor...


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