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Bibil Identifier bibil:207928
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Eeny Meeny Miny Moe
Title (English, ) Who Is The Craftiest To Go?
Author Vermeulen, Karolien
Journal Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (Volume: 10, Issue: 14)
Undefined link Eeny Meeny Miny Moe Who is the Craftiest to Go?
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 1-13 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Previous research on Gen 3:15b, known as part of God’s curse to the snake, has highlighted the interpretation difficulties with regard to the verb שוף. However, the ambiguity involves more words as well as the grammar of the verse. This article revisits the curse proposing an ambiguous reading as the Hebrew text offers it. First, the lexical ambiguity of the words שוף, ראש, and עקב enters multiple ideas of hurting, guarding, threatening and blowing; head and poison; heel and crafty trickster. Secondly, the grammatical structure of the verse adds to the indefinite nature. The words ראש and עקב can function as relative accusatives as in the traditional rendering or as vocatives or appositions to subject or object. Thirdly, the deliberate confusion allows connecting small and larger narratological units. It reveals a play between two characters, the snake and God, trying to outclass each other in terms of craftiness. Thus, the ambiguous language in Gen 3:15b is not a problem; it is the key to interpretation.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Animal
Pericopes Genesis 3,15
Terms עָקַב עקב
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