The Hard ‘Sell’ in Nah 3:4b

Aron Pinker

Abstract


The standard meaning of מכר is incongruous in the context
of Nah 3:4. It is suggested that the problematic המכרת in Nah 3:4 is the
consequence of a מ/נ scribal confusion mitigated by similarity between מכר and
נכר, as well as the מ in preceding כשפים. הנכרת has the sense of “she that
acquires,” in accord with Hos 3:2. Such an approach would also help with
understanding of 1Sam 23:7. It is also possible to construe הנכרת in the sense
of “she that alienates,” though this grammatical form of נכר is not attested in
the Hebrew Bible

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