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Sheger שׁגר
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The word šeger occurs six times in the Hebrew Bible, always in connection with the offspring of cattle. The stereotyped expression šĕgar ʾălāpêkā, forming a fixed pair with ʿaštĕrôt ṣôʾnkā, ‘the offspring of your flock’ (Deut. 7.13; Deut. 28.4, Deut. 18, Deut. 51), refers to the increase of herds. Whereas the peṭer-reḥem designates the human firstborn (literally ‘that which opens up the womb’), the peṭer šeger bĕhēmâ is the firstborn of cattle (Exod. 13.12). In the Heb…

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K. van der Toorn, “Sheger שׁגר”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 19 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Sheger>



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