[b-hebrew] to'evah

Yohanan bin-Dawidh yohanan.bin.dawidh at gmail.com
Sat Mar 23 18:58:45 EDT 2013

Hello Michael,

The term תועבה in a ritual sense means something that is "unclean" or
"impure", and in a ethical sense means something that is "wicked". The word
comes from the root תעב, which holds the meaning of "to abhor" or "to

In trying to understand this term properly, I look at the texts where this
term is used, and one of the mest usages of the term is the fact that in
Sefer B'reshi*t* 43 that is was תועבה for the Mi*s*rayim to eat with 'I*b*rim.
In this situation it is an improper mixture between two different people,
two different social classes, i.e. an improper or impure union of people.


Yo*h*anan bin-Dawidh
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