[b-hebrew] "Opens the Womb" and "Firstborn"

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Thu May 27 16:48:04 EDT 2004

Dear Chris,

>Are there any meaningful implications that can be drawn from the common use
>of the word: 'BaCHoR' Firstborn and the idea attached to 'PeTeR' as in for
>example 'PeTeR RaCHaM'' at first I thought nothing more of it until I saw
>the Verses from Exodus 13:12-16 where there is constant interchanging
>between the two manners of expressing the 'Firstborn'?

HH: I think they are two slightly different expressions of the same 
essential reality. PTR indicates that which first opens or separates 
the womb, while BKWR simply stresses being the first-born.

				Harold Holmyard

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