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

JimStinehart at aol.com JimStinehart at aol.com
Tue Aug 19 10:45:54 EDT 2008

David Hamuel:
You wrote:  “ 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”
How would you compare and contrast the use of the Hebrew verb NG( at Genesis 
12: 17 and at Genesis 32: 25?
My argument is that in both cases, the meaning is that YHWH applies “a 
mysterious, harsh divine  t-o-u-c-h, that has great meaning”.
As an expert in Hebrew grammar, your opinion of how to compare and contrast 
the Hebrew verb NG( at Genesis 12: 17 and Genesis 32: 25 would be greatly 
Do you think that the Hebrew author of the Patriarchal narratives wants us to 
perceive YHWH as communicating with first Pharaoh and then Jacob in a 
somewhat comparable manner?  If not, then why did the author use the same Hebrew 
verb, NG(, in both cases?
Jim Stinehart
Evanston, Illinois

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