[b-hebrew] "Opens the Womb" and "Firstborn"
peterkirk at qaya.org
Thu May 27 18:30:11 EDT 2004
On 27/05/2004 13:48, Harold R. Holmyard III wrote:
> 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
>> 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.
I remember that when translating this passage we had to be careful to
distinguish between the firstborn son and the firstborn child of either
gender. I think BKWR is always a son, but PTR RXM can be a son or a
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