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Good Kindness / שוב על 'גומל חסדים טובים'

יהודה גולדין and Judah Goldin
Tarbiẕ / תרביץ
כרך ס‎, חוברת ד‎ (תמוז-אלול תשנ"א), pp. 659-661
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23598398
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Good Kindness / שוב על 'גומל חסדים טובים'
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Abstract

The expression גומל חסדים טובים ('who bestows good [!] lovingkindnesses') has puzzled commentators for a long time. What can be the meaning of 'good kindness'? Is there evil lovingkindness? (1) עקר 'by', 'alongside', a usage known from Aramaic; and (2) פצפץ 'scatter', a usage attested in Hebrew means ḥsd (ḥesed): yet these very consonants (ḥ s d) are used in Lev. 20:17 (as all translators and commentators agree) in the sense of 'shameful'. The formula 'bestows good lovingkindnesses' is an emphatic affirmation that ḥsd God bestows is genuine mercy (grace, kindness), not something shameful.

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