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A term that occurs in the book of Isaiah, where Yahweh commands Isaiah to write on a tablet “in common characters.” The meaning of the Hebrew here is unclear (Isa 8:1).
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characters, common. This expression is used by the NRSV to render a Hebrew phrase meaning “stylus of a man” (Isa. 8:1; NIV, “ordinary pen”). It probably indicated the usual mode of writing an inscription, such as would be familiar and easily legible to the ordinary man. Isaiah was bidden by God to write
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CHARACTERS, COMMON [חֶרֶט kheret]. God commands Isaiah to write on a tablet with “a man’s kheret” (Isa 8:1). In its only other occurrence (Exod 32:4), kheret clearly indicates an engraving tool. Based on the expression, “writing of God” (Exod 32:16), however, translators have continued to render the