Simeon (Hebrew Bible)

Simeon (Hebrew Bible)

Simeon (Hebrew Bible)

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According to the Book of Genesis, Simeon () was, the second son of Jacob and Leah, and the founder of the Israelite Tribe of Simeon. However, some Biblical scholars view this as postdiction, an eponymous metaphor providing an etiology of the connectedness of the tribe to others in the Israelite confederationPeake's commentary on the Bible. With Leah as a matriarch, Biblical scholars regard the tribe as having been believed by the text's authors to have been part of the original Israelite confederation, however, the tribe is absent from the parts of the Bible which textual scholars regard as the oldest (for example, the ancient Song of Deborah), and some scholars think that Simeon was not originally regarded as a distinct tribeJewish Encyclopedia.

Simeon's name

The text of the Torah argues that the name of Simeon refers to Leah's belief that God had heard that she was hated by Jacob, in the sense of not being as favoured as Rachel, implying a derivation from the Hebrew term shama on, meaning he has heard of my suffering; this is a similar etymology as the Torah gives for the theophoric name Ishmael (God has heard), implying that the names are cognate, and that the tribe of Simeon may originally have been an Ishmaelite groupCheyne and Black, Encyclopedia Biblica. In......
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