[b-hebrew] What did Tamar cook?

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Dec 27 17:12:36 EST 2003

Hi Karl,

The way I read it, she prepared both LBBWT from flour and cooked BRYH, which
seems to have been some sort of stew. The MSRT seems like a utensil out of
which she poured (KJV translates "pan").

But interesting that you should ask, today of all days. Today was the last
day of Hanukkah, and the word LBBWT ("livivot") is used in modern Hebrew for
the traditional Hanukkah food known in Yiddish as "latkes" - cakes of ground
potatoes and flour fried in oil. I know that potatoes were unknown in
biblical times (they're a new world plant) but they did have yams. I don't
know when "livivot" was first used for "latkes", whether it was a modern
invention or if the usage preserves an ancient tradition of "livivot"
meaning fried meal cakes. But a nice coincidence.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Karl Randolph" <kwrandolph at email.com>
To: "Hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, December 26, 2003 9:50 PM
Subject: [b-hebrew] What did Tamar cook?

> What did Tamar feed her half-brother Amnon in 2 Samuel 13?
> The word LBBWT used for a food item is found in Tanakh only in this
> In the passage, we find that it is made of dough that is kneaded, then
cooked. The word for cooking, B$L usually refers to cooking in water, i.e.
> We then find that Tamar took M$RT and poured out before Amnon. Is the same
M$RT as found in Numbers 6:3 referring to juice? (I think the evidence is
pretty strong that sin and shin were the same letter at that time, thus
making it possible that the two terms were then the same.)
> Taking all the clues together, did Tamar cook a dumpling soup and pour it
into a bowl (the bowl being understood) before Amnon?
> Any thoughts?
> Karl W. Randolph.
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