[b-hebrew] The meaning of TAM in Gen. 25:27

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at concentric.net
Wed Jul 11 23:48:04 EDT 2007

RASHI says "Tam" means someone who "is not astute at deceiving"

27. And the youths grew up, and Esau was a man who understood 
hunting, a man of the field, whereas Jacob was an innocent man, 
dwelling in tents.

And the youths grew up, and Esau was As long as they were small, they 
were not recognizable through their deeds, and no one scrutinized 
them to determine their characters. As soon as they became thirteen 
years old, this one parted to the houses of study, and that one 
parted to idol worship. - [From Gen. Rabbah 63:10; Tanchuma, Ki Theze 

who understood hunting [He knew how] to trap and to deceive his 
father with his mouth and ask him,"Father, how do we tithe salt and 
straw?" His father thereby thought that he was scrupulous in his 
observance of the commandments (Tanchuma, Toeldoth 8).

a man of the field As its apparent meaning: an idler who hunts beasts 
and birds with his bow. - [From Targum Jonathan]

an innocent man He was not an expert in all these [matters]. Like his 
heart, so was his mouth. A person who is not astute at deceiving is 
called ????, innocent.

dwelling in tents the tent of Shem and the tent of Eber. - [From Gen. 
Rabbah 63:10]

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