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Abraham, Blessing, and the Nations: A Reexamination of the Niphal and Hitpael of כרך in the Patriarchal Narratives

@article{Noonan2010AbrahamBA,
  title={Abraham, Blessing, and the Nations: A Reexamination of the Niphal and Hitpael of כרך in the Patriarchal Narratives},
  author={Benjamin J Noonan},
  journal={Hebrew Studies},
  year={2010},
  volume={51},
  pages={73 - 93}
}
A long-recognized crux interpretum in Genesis is the diathesis of the Niphal (Gen 12:3; 18:18; 28:14) and Hitpael (Gen 22:18; 26:4) stems of כרך in the different renditions of the patriarchal promise of blessing. Many scholars assume that both stems should be translated the same way, arguing for either a medio-passive (“be blessed” or “become blessed”) or a reflexive (“bless themselves”) translation. After investigating the functions of the Niphal, Piel, and Hitpael verbal stems in biblical… Expand
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