[b-hebrew] Self-mutilation

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sun Oct 3 12:04:49 EDT 2004


Just as an addendum to the below, in Jer. 5:7 the hithpael "yitgodadu" means
"they have gathered themselves". KJV has it "they have assembled themselves
by troops" in the harlots' houses. Unless they were really into something
kinky, there's no reason to suspect self-mutilation there. So, as I wrote -
the meaning of GDD has to be understood by its context.

Yigal
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>
To: "b-hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 03, 2004 8:59 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Self-mutilation


> Hi Marianne, Hag Sameah!
>
> The basic meaning of GDD seems to be "to cut". As a noun, it's most common
> in the word "Gedud", which is a group of people, as in a military unit
> (compare a "division"). As a verb, it appears in quite a few forms, and
the
> exact meaning has to be determined by context. In 1 Kings 18:28
> "vayyitgodedu" in hithpael means "they cut themselves" - with the swords
and
> lances mentioned next.
> So the root GDD does not mean "self-mutilation" per se, but can be
> understood as meaning "they cut themselves" in this context and in this
> form.
>
> Yigal
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <MarianneLuban at aol.com>
> To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Sunday, October 03, 2004 4:31 AM
> Subject: [b-hebrew] Self-mutilation
>
>
> > I am interested in the term "gdd" as it might be found in
self-mutilation.
> > As I have no books at hand, can anyone tell me in transliteration
(sorry,
> no
> > fonts) what the line is in I Kings 18:28 where the prophets of Baal
gashed
> > themselves?  Also, if one were to use the term "gdd", what would be the
> best way to
> > convey "to gash oneself" or "by ones own hand" or perhaps "on ones own
> hand"?
> >  To the best of my knowledge, "gdd" is Dt-stem "to gash oneself (for
> > religious practices)".
> >
> > Marianne Luban
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