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Headword: *gomo/r
Adler number: gamma,370
Translated headword: gomor
Vetting Status: high
A kind of Hebrew measure.
Greek Original:
*gomo/r: ei)=dos me/trou *(ebrai+kou=.
Exodus 16:16 ("Let every one gather of it as much as is enough to eat; a gomor for every man, according to the number of your souls that dwell in a tent, so shall you take of it"); 16:17 ("And the children of Israel did so: and they gathered, one more, another less"); 16:18 ("And they measured by the measure of a gomor: neither had he more that had gathered more; nor did he find less that had provided less: but every one had gathered, according to what they were able to eat").
The g in עמר gomer (the second vowel is short e, not o) is an artifact of the fact that the Greeks could not pronounce the glottal stop ע `ayin letter, so they used the same letter of the Phoenician alphabet for their gamma. (Hebrew script `ayin looks like Greek gamma.). So we have the Gaza strip, Sodom and Gomorrah; in fact, the `Aza strip, Sdom and `Amorah.
An `omer is a solid measure of volume, typically for produce. It is 1/10 of an ephah, and is about 2 quarts.
(Note contributed by Raphael Finkel)
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; religion; science and technology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 13 May 2002@12:38:07.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 14 October 2002@19:50:00.
Raphael Finkel (Added Hebrew) on 31 October 2002@12:03:25.
David Whitehead (restorative and other cosmetics) on 19 October 2003@07:28:27.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 10 June 2012@06:56:04.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 16 September 2012@00:51:41.


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