[b-hebrew] red heifer

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Thu Dec 23 00:52:52 EST 2004

Dear Jack,

That was just my point. All the Hebrew in Num. 19 says is that it must be a "red cow, that is unblemished, that has never been harnessed." Assuming that the English "heifer" means "a cow that has never had a calf" (which is not quite the same as "virgin"), I was wondering where the translators got the additional conditions from. I don't know of any Rabbibnic sources that add these conditions. 

Yigal Levin
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Juan Stam 
  To: Jack Kilmon ; Jim West ; Yigal Levin 
  Cc: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org ; biblical-studies at yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Wednesday, December 22, 2004 10:33 PM
  Subject: [biblical-studies] Re: [b-hebrew] red heifer

  Interesting discussion on the virginity of Red Heiffers.

  Can anybody cite ancient sources (rabbinic) requiring this?

  Juan Stam, Universidad Nacional, San José Costa Rica

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