[b-hebrew] Re Ezk 3:14 in the heat of my spirit
George.Athas at moore.edu.au
Wed Jan 21 03:57:39 EST 2009
Isaac Fried asks, "So, do you think that XOMAH, 'wall', is also related to heat,
possibly because it keeps the enclosed town cozy and warm?"
Answer: No. The primary purpose of city walls was defence of the city's residents. It had nothing to do with temperature insulation. To claim that XOMAH ('wall') is linked semantically to XOM ('heat') is pushing credulity, in my opinion. I don't think the suggestion has any more credence than arguing that 'bear' (to have children) is related to 'bare' (naked) because children are born naked.
Moore Theological College (Sydney, Australia)
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