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Genesis 24:16

Context
NETBible

Now the young woman was very beautiful. She was a virgin; no man had ever had sexual relations with her. 1  She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came back up.

XREF

Ge 4:1; Ge 26:7; Ge 39:6; Nu 31:17,18; So 5:2

NET © Notes

tn Heb “And the young woman was very good of appearance, a virgin, and a man she had not known.” Some argue that the Hebrew noun translated “virgin” (בְּתוּלָה, bÿtulah) is better understood in a general sense, “young woman” (see Joel 1:8, where the word appears to refer to one who is married). In this case the circumstantial clause (“and a man she had not known”) would be restrictive, rather than descriptive. If the term actually means “virgin,” one wonders why the circumstantial clause is necessary (see Judg 21:12 as well). Perhaps the repetition emphasizes her sexual purity as a prerequisite for her role as the mother of the covenant community.



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