[b-hebrew] 1 Sam 5:6 ; Mice & Rats & Plague

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Thu Apr 29 08:42:41 EDT 2004

On 29/04/2004 02:47, Joel Nothman wrote:

> On Thu, 29 Apr 2004 3:57:41 +0000, <david.kimbrough at CHARTER.NET> wrote:
>> Karl,
>> Before rambling on about rats and fleas, does BH, or even
>> Modern Hebrew have different words for rat and mouse?
> I find "chulda" = het.vav.lamed.dalet.heh as opposed to "achbar" =  
> ayin.kaf.bet.resh from MH.
> The dictionary from onlinebible.com (through Davar) tranlsates chulda 
> as  weasel.
> - Joel
This is interesting to me because this word appears in the Bible only as 
the name of a prophetess (2 Ki 22:14 etc). The interesting thing is that 
she was a contemporary of Acbor and Shaphan, in fact those names are 
found in the very same verse. It seems that at that time people were 
commonly named after small mammals!

BH does have XOLED, in Leviticus 11:29 only and followed by `AKBAR. NIV 
renders "the weasel, the rat", but the meaning could easily be "the rat, 
the mouse".

Peter Kirk
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