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Question about tribal name in Gilyana
Shlama all--

Interesting idea. I should point out that REUVEL and REUVEN have two completely different meanings. REUVEL, as Abudar rightly says, means "El is great" (rab).

REUVEN however is another matter:

Ge 29:32
Leah conceived and bore a son and named * him Reuben, for she said, "Because YHWH has seen my affliction ; surely now my husband will love me."

Technically though, it really means "Behold a son!"

So I suggest a different explanation for the spelling difference, even though it is possible Peshitta Tanakh is pre Meshikha and I think it probably is. I think however, this is a MIDRASH and REMEZ in the text where both meanings come together as: BEHOLD THE SON OF EL IS GREAT. (For YHWH has seen my affliction.)

This actually happens more often than some might think in the Peshitta text. I noted a similar hidden message with respect to the order of names in Luke.

Shlama w'burkate
Andrew Gabriel Roth

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Re: Question about tribal name in Gilyana - by Andrew Gabriel Roth - 09-26-2008, 07:53 PM

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