[b-hebrew] HQBH and QBTH in Numbers 25:8

David Hamuel davidhamuel at sbcglobal.net
Sun Aug 17 13:56:32 EDT 2008

> The word QBH appears twice in one sentence,
> yet the classical commentaries relate to them as two
> completely unlrealted words.
> Rashi says that the first "HQBH" means "the tent"
> while the second "QBTH" (of the woman) is some
> bodily organ,
> probably the stomach (relating the word to QYBH).
> Most of the commentaries and translations don't seem
> to notice
> that this is the same word, used once for the man
> and once for the woman.
> The only exceptions are those that hint at miracles,
> implying that Pinhas somehow managed to strike
> the genitals of both Zimri and Cozby.
> Another possibility is that HQBH means the man's
> "room" or "chamber"
> and the same word is used for stomach
> (similar to the modern usage of chamber for various
> internal organs).
> Does anyone know of other possibilities ?
> Yaakov (J) Stein

See the article "What Enraged Phinehas?: A Study of
Numbers 25:8" 
Journal of Biblical Literature, Vol. 90, No. 2; June


David Hamuel
Type Designer 
Biblical Hebrew, Grammar & Cantillation Expert

Los Angeles, CA • USA

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