Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Q&A - How many times do we see לַחְשֹׁ֖ב in the Chumash?

This expression, in this particular masoretic form, appears only once in Exodus 31:4 to describe great capabilities of Bezaleel to devise (design) cunning works.

Bezaleel was a chief engineer who was responsible for the construction of the Tabernacle, so he had to be very skillful and inventive in order to overcome any difficulties that arose during the construction.

The expression  חשב (khashav) itself means primarily "to devise" or "to design".

Here is a full description of this expression as according to the Strong's dictionary, which provides relatively comprehensive list of meanings:

  1.  to think, plan, esteem, calculate, invent, make a judgment, imagine, count
  2.  to think, account
  3.  to plan, devise, mean
  4.  to charge, impute, reckon
  5.  to esteem, value, regard
  6.  to invent
  7.  to be accounted, be thought, be esteemed
  8.  to be computed, be reckoned
  9.  to be imputed
  10.  to think upon, consider, be mindful of
  11.  to think to do, devise, plan
  12.  to count, reckon
  13.  to be considered

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