Saturday, December 01, 2018

Babies born hands-first in the Bible

GOOD QUESTION: Why Does the Torah Describe Babies Born Hands First? (Dr. Eran Viezel,
Jacob is famously born with his hand grasping the ankle of his twin brother, Esau. Similarly, Zerah puts his hand out first, before being overshot by his twin brother Peretz. Does this reflect men’s ignorance of childbirth or their familiarity with other realia?
Or both. The answers proposed here seem plausible to me.

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