That’s the title of an excellent essay by David E. S. Stein. He was kind enough to provide a link to it for readers of this blog: go here. This is a version of a presentation David gave last year at SBL San Diego. The paper was published in Hebrew Studies 49 (2008) 7-26.
David will be presenting further on the same topic in Boston at SBL in just a couple of weeks. The title of the relevant paper is “The (In)adequacy of “Man” as an English Equivalent of the Biblical Hebrew Noun איש (30 min).” He will present it on Tuesday morning in the Bible Translation Section (SBL 25-6) opposite the Biblical Hebrew Poetry Section (SBL 25-8) on Daughter Zion’s Ambivalent Nature, of which I am the presider. So I won’t be able to hear David’s presentation. But I am confident that he will continue to make the fruits of his research available online. An excellent practice.