Posted ByNeal Walters on January 03, 1999 at 12:24:49:
In Reply to: The Holy Shofar posted byDianne on January 02, 1999 at 21:58:21:
Shofar HaKodesh sounds good to me, except maybe HaShofar HaKodesh.
The word "the" repeats on the noun and the adjective.
I could not find any references in scripture to the "holy shofar".
However, I learned a few new things - such as other words for "horn".
QEREN (keren) - horn, hill, flask (also refers to the "horns" or "horn-like projections" on the alter.
from QARAN (to shine, to send out rays).
SHOFAR - is translated "trumpet, cornet, horn, or ram's horn"
and comes from the root SHAFAR - to be pleasing, beautiful, fair, comely, bright, glisten.
Then there are the two silver trumpets, which uses the word
"HATSOTSROT KESEF". That's kind of a tongue twister. KESEF means silver,
and "CHATSOTSROT" comes from the root CHATSAR which is a verb which means
"to sound a trumpet" or "sound with clarions". I had to look up "clarion" in Websters, and it means "a medieval trumpet with clear shrill tones".
Yet another Hebrew word is "YOVEL" - which also means "ram's horn" and is also associated with the year of jubilee. It's root is YABAL, a verb which menas "to bring, lead, carry, conduct, bear along".
Sometimes the word "T'RUAH" is used, and translators add "trumpet". (Lev 23:24)
T'RUAH means an "alarm, signal, shout, war-cry, blast".
I was told an interesting story about this once. There is a famous painting of Moses (Moshe) that looks like he has "horns" coming from his head. I think the artist had "rays" in mind - but some viewers perceive them as "horns".
It's interesting that its the same word in Hebrew.
Another interesting verse is Psalm 89:15, "Blessed are the people that know the joyful sound, they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of they countenance.", some versions say "Blessed are the people that hear the shofar". But the Hebrew word is "YODEA"/"know" and the second word is "t'ruah".