Genesis 49:4 in light of Arabic and modern South Arabian

Aaron D. Rubin

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The rare word pahaz 'wily, devious' in Genesis 49:4 may have been chosen to describe Reuben in order to allow a play on words. Modern South Arabian and Arabic cognates to this root carry a sexual meaning, and such a meaning fits the context of this biblical passage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-502
Number of pages4
JournalVetus Testamentum
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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