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Bibil Identifier bibil:216551
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) On the Meaning of šgl
Author Pinker, Aron
Journal Jewish Studies, an Internet Journal (Volume: 8)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 167-182 Pages
Genre Original
Notes 16 pages.
Abstract The etymology of šgl is obscure. Šgl is a verb and noun that occurs a number of times in the Hebrew Bible and has diametrically opposing meanings. A strong late tradition exists for understanding the verb šgl as an obscene term for copulation. Our analysis of biblical and Talmudic sources suggests that the obscenity of šgl (verb and noun) stems from its relation to the anus. Specifically, the verb šgl is “to sodomize a woman” and the noun šgl is “a woman that copulates anally, as a bitch.” In some cases in the Hebrew Bible that deal with foreign royalty, a borrowed Akkadian term šgl is used in the sense of “queen, lady.” The Hebrew šgl and the Akkadian term appear to be unrelated.
Pericopes Deuteronomy 28,30
Isaiah 13,16
Jeremiah 3,2
Zechariah 14,2
Terms שָׁגַל שׁגל
Links Online document (PDF, English)
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