[b-hebrew] Genesis 32:32
formoria at carolina.rr.com
Tue Feb 27 09:17:02 EST 2007
Genesis 32:24-32 tells the odd little story of Jacob wrestling with
God(?), and the last verse contains a reference, which, in English, is
translated in various ways, among them "Therefore the children of Israel
eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh
unto this day; because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the
sinew that shrank."
What is the consensus about the original Hebrew meaning of this? Some
have expressed the possibility (again, based on one English translation)
that it may reference a prohibition against cannibalism. I didn't have a
ready answer for them, not being a Hebrew scholar.
R. Brian Roberts
Amateur Researcher in Biblical Archaeology
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