Genesis 49:4 in Light of Arabic and Modern South Arabian

in Vetus Testamentum
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Abstract

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.

Genesis 49:4 in Light of Arabic and Modern South Arabian

in Vetus Testamentum

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