Harold R. Holmyard III
hholmyard at ont.com
Sun Nov 7 16:52:06 EST 2004
>I am busy with the Samaritan chronicles right now and want to ask about
>something. I came across a Samaritan ketubah in which the bridegroom was
>described, among other things, as "baHr karnaim" (the Samaritans
>actually pronounce the
>first as "bakur"--but their dialect is another matter). The footnote stated
>that the scribe had probably made an error for "kohanim"--but I find this
>rather spurious. The Samaritans, being led since the collapse of
>kingdom by a series of High Priests, are very conscious of their
>since the time of Moses, they had a high priest from the line of Eleazar, but
>this line died out at some point in the Middle Ages and then the Levites took
>over, a situation that prevails to this very day.
>Anyway, don't we encounter this "karnaim" business in connection with Moses?
>Moses, one supposes, didn't actually have horns and any Samaritan capable of
>writing a ketubah is not going to be ignorant of how to spell "kohanim".
>Anyone have any ideas about this "karnaim" matter?
HH: If "baHr" mans "son," then the horns could be part of a phrase
indicating a man of strength. Presumably a groom in a marriage would
be a person of strength. Horns are a symbol of strength in the Old
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