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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Hebrew Word of the Day

Today's Hebrew word is from Walk Genesis by Jeffrey Feinberg. I don't normally take the Hebrew word from someone else's research but as this word is related to our first word מולדת (MOLEDET)it seemed appropriate. It is also the title of this week's parasha, so I decided, well, why re-invent the wheel...

תולדת(TOL'DOT) - generations, history, family
Genesis 25:19 - "These are the generations of Isaac, son of Abraham. Abraham gave birth to Issac." This word is also used in Gen. 2:4 "These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens." So it means more than just familial descent. There is another word for that, דור (DOR). In fact, Gen. 6:9 makes use of both words: "These are the generations תולדת(TOL'DOT) of Noah; Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations דור (DOR) , and Noah walked with God."

This word is also a derivative of ילד (YALAD) - beget or give birth. Other related words are:
תולדן (TOLADAN) - historian, chronicler
תולד (TOLAD) - derivative
ילדות (YALDOOT) - childhood


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