Friday, December 29, 2023

The Hebrew noun חלב (ḥ-l-b, pronounced as ḥalav, with the final 'bet' pronounced as a 'v') is the word for "milk." We find it in the (notably unkosher) meal prepared by Abraham and Sarah for the three men who visited them in Genesis 18:8: "Then he took curds and milkחלב) and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate," as well as in the famous prohibition in Exodus 23:19: "You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milkחלב)." It is probably most popular from the expression, "a land flowing with milk (חלב) and honey," used repeatedly throughout the Bible to describe the "Promised Land."