[b-hebrew] What Does "Sodom" Mean?

JimStinehart at aol.com JimStinehart at aol.com
Wed Nov 26 20:35:44 EST 2008

You wrote:  “RK$ refers to movable possessions,  usually cattle, not trade 
goods, which
you would have known if you knew  Hebrew.” 
Look at Genesis 14:  11, 12, 16, 21 concerning Sodom.  The attacking rulers 
are not rustling cattle, for heaven’s sake.  No, they are “looting” Sodom.  
The #1 looted item in the ancient near  east was lapis lazuli.  Indeed, RK$  can 
be translated in certain contexts, as in chapter 14 of Genesis, as  “loot”.  
The perfect Hebrew word to  use to describe lapis lazuli and similar luxury 
goods is RK$.  When the princeling ruler of Sodom  offers to share the loot 
with Abraham, he’s not talking about dividing up a herd  of cattle.  No, he’s 
talking about  spreading the lapis lazuli and other luxury goods around. 
Jim  Stinehart 
Evanston,  Illinois
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