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

Peter Kirk 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 
>> 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.
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 

Peter Kirk
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