The crux in Ex 4 seems to be the apotropaic function of blood of the circumcision to avert death. The most plausible interpretation is that Moses had not been circumcised and that Zippora circumcises her son to save Moses by it. A comparison with the Arabic proves that circumcision and marriage were closely connected (as it still is in Islam) which explains the 'bridegroom of blood'.
|Title of host publication||Hebreeuws in het midden|
|Editors||Archibald van Wieringen, Bart Koet, Harm van Grol|
|Place of Publication||Heeswijk|
|Publisher||Berne Media / Uitgeverij Abdij van Berne|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
- Bible Hebrew