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 Egyptian Personal Names and Other Egyptian Elements in the Exodus‐Wilderness Narratives

James K. Hoffmeier

in Ancient Israel in Sinai

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780195155464
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835652 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/0195155467.003.0010
 Egyptian Personal Names and Other Egyptian Elements in the Exodus‐Wilderness Narratives

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A surprising number of personal names of the exodus-wilderness generation bore Egyptian etymology, including Aaron (possibly), Ahira, Assir, Hur, Merari, Miriam, Moses, and Phineas. The prohibition against eating pork in the law is examined in the light of ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian practices and taboos. An Egyptian analogy to the high priestly prayer of Numbers 6:23–26 is considered.

Keywords: Aaron; Ahira; Assir; Egyptian etymology; high priestly prayer; Hur; Merari; Miriam; Moses; Phineas; pork

Chapter.  5616 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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