[b-hebrew] red heifer

Jonathan D. Safren yonsaf at beitberl.ac.il
Wed Dec 22 03:19:53 EST 2004


An article on the "red heifer" has been submitted to Mo'ed; Annual for
Jewish Studies. If accepted, it will appear in Vol. 15 (2005).

Jonathan D. Safren, Editor
Mo'ed; Annual for Jewish Studies
Center for Jewish Culture
Beit Berl College
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Tel.: 972-9-7476396
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e-mail: moed at beitberl.ac.il
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Subject: [b-hebrew] red heifer

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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