Shemot: Language and Translation

The children of Israel proliferated, swarmed, multiplied and grew more and more.* [Exodus/Shemot 1:7] This is a very odd verse, stylistically. There are four almost synonymous verbs of increase that seem to gain momentum till climaxed by the double-barrelled adverbial intensifier of me'od me'od [note**]. --Nechama Leibowitz, Studies in Exodus*** Leibowitz discusses classical views of … Continue reading Shemot: Language and Translation