[b-hebrew] Genesis 20: 1

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Tue Oct 16 01:29:07 EDT 2007


It is not only what the Torah says but more so what we understand her  
saying as she winks at us. The bible very rarely refers to the human  
physiognomy [one exception is 1 Samuel 16:12, where ADMONI may allude  
to hair color]. The fact of the matter is that SARAYI was  
exceptionally beautiful to the point of causing, upon her arrival  
there, a national stir in Egypt [see Genesis 12:14] and her being  
eventually taken to the king's house. There must have been something  
very very unusual about her person to warrant such interest in her by  
a satiated king who had a well stocked harem of beautiful girls of  
all ages and shapes [methinks].
Picture the hormonal upheaval that a tall, fair skinned, blond  
haired, blue eyed [Nordic?] woman would have caused in the land of  
the tawny [the reverse is, of course, true too].
This was possibly also what drove the Egyptian mistress of Joseph the  
righteous crazy with lust [see Genesis 39:6-7].
I suspect that the three sons of NOAX, $EM, XAM, and YEPET are the  
olive skinned, the dark skinned, and the fair skinned.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Oct 15, 2007, at 11:21 PM, Shoshanna Walker wrote:

> Where does the Torah record that they were blond with blue eyes?
> Just curious, because I don't remember that.
> Shoshanna
> He was practically defenseless,
> and they were good looking people [blond with blue eyes?].
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