Monday, April 2, 2012
Notes on Gen. 46
Verse 34 - "Every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians."
Why would this be? Here is one possible explanation from Wikipedia under Abomination(Bible):
Every shepherd was "an abomination" unto the Egyptians (Genesis 46:34). This aversion to shepherds, such as the Hebrews, arose probably from the fact that Upper and Lower Egypt had formerly been held in oppressive subjection by the Hyksos (a tribe of nomad shepherds), who had only recently been expelled, and partly also perhaps from this other fact that the people of Egypt detested the nomadic habits of these wandering shepherds.