[b-hebrew] Was Pharaoh "Touched" or "Plagued" by God at Genesis 12: 17?

David Hamuel davidhamuel at sbcglobal.net
Mon Aug 18 17:54:00 EDT 2008


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Was Pharaoh ?Touched? or ?Plagued? by God at Genesis
12: 17?
 
A:  God ?touched? Pharaoh at Genesis 12: 17.  The
traditional English translation that God ?plagued?
Pharaoh is unwarranted, as nun-gimel-ayin/naga simply
means ?touch?.
 
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Very touching. 
nun, gimel, ayin =
1. NEga' — plague; disaster; disease etc etc
2. naGA  —  touch; reach; touch upon etc etc
3. nigGA — defeat etc etc



Best,

David Hamuel
Type Designer 
Biblical Hebrew, Grammar & Cantillation Expert

Los Angeles, CA — USA



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