The mirror of the text

01.07.2012                      11.Tammus. 5772

Judentum:

The mirror of the text

The Torah's verses do not speak with their enemies at the gate; instead, those verses turn the persons who utter, or study, them into enemies.

The Israelites are encamped "on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness, that cometh out of the border of the Amorites. For Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites" (Numbers 21:13). As if to validate the description, the Torah provides a citation: "wherefore it is said in the book of the Wars of the Lord: Vaheb in Suphah, and the valleys of Arnon" (Num. 21:14). Many commentators have made a strenuous effort to discover the meaning of this enigmatic quotation. Some added words they thought may have been omitted; others added letters to, or subtracted letters from, the existing words; and there are those who tried to guess the literary context of its origin in order to grant meaning to the cryptic statement….