Friday, January 19, 2024

The Hebrew verb זכר (zākar) bears the essential meaning of “to remember.” Genesis 40:23 displays a straightforward use of זכר (zākar): "Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember (זכר) Joseph, but forgot him." The verb זכר (zākar) is also the root of the noun מזכיר (mazkīr, pronounced maz-KEER), meaning "one who remembers," which we translate as "recorder" or "secretary" as in 2 Samuel 8:16: "Joab son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was recorder (מזכיר)."