[b-hebrew] FW: Joseph's age

Bruce Prince bruceprince at bigpond.com
Thu Dec 13 17:53:40 EST 2007

Sorry, I meant to send this to the List. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Prince [mailto:bruceprince at bigpond.com] 
Sent: Friday, 14 December 2007 9:38 AM
To: 'kenneth greifer'
Subject: RE: [b-hebrew] Joseph's age


Are you suggesting that there are more than one flock? Gen 37.2 - with its
definite article, suggests that there is only one. Later, v12 tells us that
Joseph's brothers went to pasture their father's flock in Shechem, and in
v13 the definite article is repeated.


Bruce Prince

-----Original Message-----
Kenneth Greifer wrote:

> Jim,
> I have an idea. You could say that Genesis 37:2 means that Joseph watched
> the flocks with Bilhah and Zilphah's sons, and that the rest of the flocks

> were with the other sons separately. Otherwise, you would have to say that

> all of the sons were called Bilhah and Zilpah's sons.
> Kenneth Greifer

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