[b-hebrew] Karnaim

Ken Penner pennerkm at mcmaster.ca
Fri Nov 12 09:38:14 EST 2004

I thought in Rabbinic writings QRN usually referred to corners and points,
i.e., projections in general, including horns and rays, (and yes, also the
principal on a loan, but I'm not sure how that is related).
Perhaps Moses' face grew bumps? [Does b. Shab. 108a use QRN to refer to a
growth in one's eye? YH) R(W) DTYPWQ QRN) B(YNK ]
Else why the mention of skin?

Ken Penner, M.C.S. (Biblical Languages, Greek Focus), M.A. (Hebrew Poetry)
Ph.D. (cand.), McMaster University
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> I assume that "qeren" "horn" became "ray", because of the sun's "rays"
> seeming to extend like "horns" of light. As far as what 
> happened to Moses in
> Ex 34:29-30, 35, I'm not convinced that what it really means 
> is that his
> face "shone". I know that that is the common interpretation 
> (remember the
> movie?), but literally, "the skin of his face became horned" 
> - perhaps some skin condition?

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