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Why Did Hannah Ask for “Seed of Men”?
Journal of Biblical Literature (2010)
  • Michael Carasik, University of Pennsylvania

I am suggesting in this article that what Hannah asked for in the original telling of this story was not זרע אנשים but זרע אלהים, a child that would be given her by God. The difficult phrase זרע אנשים is an artifact, placed in her mouth by a kind of Tiqqun Soferim, a reflexive correction of Hannah’s request by a scribe who (perhaps) misunderstood it and (certainly) found it uncomfortable.

  • 1 Samuel 1
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Michael Carasik. "Why Did Hannah Ask for “Seed of Men”?" Journal of Biblical Literature Vol. 129 Iss. 3 (2010)
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