[b-hebrew] Leviticus 2:11

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Mon Nov 8 01:48:33 EST 2004

Hi Bill,

The word &)R (seor) appears altogether 5 times, always in juxtaposition with
XMC (hamets): in Ex. 12:15, 19, 13:7 and Deut. 16:4 the context is the
Passover laws, while in Lev. 2:11 the context is the laws of sacrifices.
Here, in particular, it says "any offering... do nat make (of) hametz,
because all seor and all devash, you shall not burn as an offering for the
Lord". It would seem, that "all seor and all devash" are subtypes of
"hametz". "Hametz" is generally understood as "leavened" or "fermented".
Assuming (as most commentaries do) that "devash" is "fruit honey" (dates,
grapes, figs etc.), I would understand "do not sacrifice anything that is
fermented, neither yeast (seor-probably made from grain) or fruit honey".

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Rea" <bsr15 at cantsl.it.canterbury.ac.nz>
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Sent: Monday, November 08, 2004 12:59 AM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Leviticus 2:11

> B-Hebrewers,
> Leviticus 2:11 has two words, hometz (heth-mem-tsadeh) and s`or
> (sin-aleph-resh) which both seem to mean something which has
> been raised or fermented with yeast. The lexicon I consulted
> (Davidson) has very similar meanings for both words. Do we
> know much about the differences in meaning between these two
> words?
> Thanks.
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