[b-hebrew] Gen. 12:17
pclindstrom at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 16 10:45:07 EST 2008
Thanks for your reply. I realize that ng' has a wide variety of
meanings and I don't in any way think that it has a sexual meaning in
Gen. 12:17. But since the verb can have that meaning as it does in
Gen. 20:6, is there any way it might be a play on words or ironic in
Gen. 12:17 where it speaks of YHWH inflicting great plagues on
Pharaoh and his house?
On Feb 15, 2008, at 2:27 PM, K Randolph wrote:
> Dear Calvin:
> The verb has a wide range of meaning, to focus on the sexual which
> is a very minority use is distorting the understanding. From a
> concordance, it has a meaning: "to reach out to touch, used for all
> touching from soft caresses to a hard blow intended to injure or
> kill, also for sexual contact" used also for such concepts as "a
> touch of leprosy" or to "touch with a sword in order to kill", etc.
> Thus the reading that this is a touch of some sort of plague fits
> the context best.
> Karl W. Randolph.
> On Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 11:29 AM, Calvin Lindstrom
> <pclindstrom at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Dear B-Hebrew,
> I have a simple question on Genesis 12:17.
> The verb used at the beginning of the verse is ng' which can have a
> sexual usage (Gen. 20:6). Is it correct to see irony in this story at
> this point? Verse 15 speaks of Sarai being taken into Pharaoh's
> house. Verse 16 speaks of Avram being treated well for Sarai's sake.
> And now in verse 17, where we might expect to read the Pharaoh
> touched (sexually) Sarai, we instead read that YHWH touched
> (plagued) Pharaoh and his house.
> Any comments would be helpful.
> Calvin Lindstrom
> Church of Christian Liberty
> Arlington Heights, IL
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