[b-hebrew] Genesis 12: 5: Are "Souls" Slaves?

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Nov 17 18:13:50 EST 2007


Actually, Shoshanna, Saadiah Gaon, Rashi, Ibn Ezra and Radak all interpret 
it as meaning slaves, either before or after metioning that they could also 
be people who they had "converted".

Yigal Levin

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From: "Shoshanna Walker" <rosewalk at concentric.net>
To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2007 1:03 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Genesis 12: 5: Are "Souls" Slaves?


> It is the consensus (unanimous as far as I know) among Chazal, that
> these refer to the people who he "converted" to the knowledge of G-d.
> It is beyond belief that this could be construed as slaves.
>
> Shoshanna
>
>
>>Genesis 12: 5 tells us that certain people came with  Abraham and Lot from
>>Harran to Canaan, who almost certainly were not members of  the
>>immediate family
>>of Abraham or Lot:  "the souls that they had gotten in Haran".  Are these
>>people "slaves", who had been  "bought" by Abraham and Lot in Harran?  Or,
>>rather, are these people distant relatives of Abraham's father,
>>whose  families were
>>the social equals of Abraham's father's family, and who were on a  long
>>caravan trip out to Mesopotamia with Abraham's father's family as
>>security  guards?
>>Here is the JPS1917 translation of Genesis 12:  5:
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