GENNAW

Bart Ehrman behrman at email.unc.edu
Tue Nov 30 13:50:22 EST 1999


   When used of a man, GENNAW is usually translated something like
"beget" (e.g., Ps. 2:7: "You are my son, today I have begotten you").  But
what does beget mean?  Or better, what does GENNAW mean?  Does it mean
"make a woman pregnant?"  Or "to be/become the father of a child that has
just been born?"  Or something else?  Could it mean "to give birth" even
if applied to a man (or to a God)?

-- Bart D. Ehrman
   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill




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