[b-hebrew] red heifer

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Wed Dec 22 02:17:37 EST 2004

Most English translations of "Parah Adumah" (Num 19:2) give "red heifer". My Webster's defines "heifer" as either a "full-grown young ox" or "a young cow that has not born a calf". Presumably, it is the second that is meant. 

As far as I know, a Parah is just a cow, with no special reference to its age or having had a calf. Does anyone know where the more specific definition of "heifer" came from?

Yigal Levin

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