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Bibil Identifier bibil:215897
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Firstborn Son of Moses as the 'Relative of Blood' in Exodus 4.24-26
Author Howell, Adam J.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 35, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 63-76 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The enigmatic nature of Exod. 4.24-26 leaves many readers wondering both where the passage originated and also how the passage should be understood. Many of the difficulties of this passage revolve around the identification of the pronominal suffixes in the simple Hebrew grammar. This article argues that the reasonable antecedent of the vague pronominal suffixes is Gershom, Moses’ firstborn son. Gershom, being uncircumcised as he and his family return to Egypt, is considered a foreigner and will suffer the same fate as Egypt’s firstborn in the tenth plague. Therefore, Zipporah circumcises her son and exclaims that he is a ‭םימד ןתח‬, a relative to Yahweh by means of the blood of circumcision. Gershom is now identified as one of the Hebrew people because of the visible blood sign of his circumcision and enjoys Yahweh’s protection. In order to draw this conclusion, one must separate the translation of the word ‭ןתח‬ from the contextual meaning of the phrase ‭םימד ןתח‬. Only then does this bizarre passage make the most sense.
DOI 10.1177/0309089210378962
Pericopes Exodus 4,24-4,26
Terms חָתָן חתן
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