[b-hebrew] 2 Samuel 8:18 “khmym”

Hedrick Gary GaryH at cjfm.org
Thu Sep 15 21:41:32 EDT 2011


Yes, Karl, I think it makes sense. Things were not always as cut-and-dried in the Semitic ANE as we western linear-thinking folks would like them to be. Even a term like kohen/kohenim has a certain range of meaning.

Gary Hedrick
San Antonio, Texas USA

On Sep 15, 2011, at 8:23 PM, K Randolph wrote:

> Gary:
> 
> The tack taken by the LXX is that the sons became high palace officials.
> 
> Another thought that just came to mind is that “priests” in early Egyptian history were members of the royal family, a sinecure for princes who would never become pharaoh. (Hence, when Joseph married the daughter of the priest of On, he married into the royal family to strengthen his loyalty to the pharaoh.) Hence “priest” did not necessarily refer to a exclusively religious cultic function, rather it included a royal function as well. Does this make sense?
> 
> Karl W. Randolph.



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