[b-hebrew] Gen 25:29 - 30 - Adom & Edom

tladatsi at charter.net tladatsi at charter.net
Mon Jun 13 00:31:38 EDT 2005


Hello,

In Gen 25:29 Jacob is cooking *naziyd* (boiled food) and 
Esau comes in asks to eat *ha-adom ha-adom* with a qamets 
under th aleph and what I take to be a defective holem over 
the dalet.  He is thus called Edom with a hateph segol 
under the aleph and a holem vav after the dalet.

I have a few questions.

1) Is there any information on when a defective holem is 
used?  Are there any thoughts on why the defective holem 
was used for Esau's cry for the red lentil soup but not for 
his new nickname Edom?  Since one of the points of these 
verses is to explain how Esau came to be called Edom, it 
would seem that using a holem vav in adom would, at least 
visually, strengthen that link.

2) Is *ha-adom* repeated simply for dramatic effect, to 
show Esau's desperation or is there some gramatical or 
semantic point being made.

Thanks.

Jack Tladatsi



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