[b-hebrew] Karnaim

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Tue Nov 16 05:51:18 EST 2004

I have remembered another possible meaning of Karnaim. In the Qur'an, 
there is a mysterious figure called Dhul Karnain "the horned one", who 
is often identified with Alexander the Great. I wonder if the 
Samaritans, who of course lived among Muslim Arabs for many centuries, 
borrowed this idea, and translated the name into Hebrew as Bahur 
Karnaim. Perhaps the bridegroom mentioned was being likened to 
Alexander, or just named after him.

Peter Kirk
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peterkirk at qaya.org (work)

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