[b-hebrew] names and puns
gabe at cascadeaccess.com
Mon Oct 13 13:53:55 EDT 2008
Sorry to attribute to you a global denial of punning names in Genesis.
Guess what set me off was this:
"Gen 48:22 isn't a pun on anything. It's a perfectly legitimate and
common Hebrew word, and once again, it says Jacob took by force the
piece of land he's describing, whereas the texts talking about Shechem
say he bought land."
Puns connect different words, each of which is "perfectly legitimate" on
its own. In this case the author was almost certainly aware of the
linguistic similarity between the common word "shoulder" or "slope" and
the name of the city (which I assume itself derived from the "shoulder"
meaning), given the association between the "house of Joseph" and the
early seat of Israelite authority.
If you are saying that the text has some different location in mind,
which Jacob took by force, I find that very implausible. It seems much
more likely that there are simply different traditions about Shechem.
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