Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Vayechi #3: The ideal Egyptian lifespan of *110* years.

Oops! I misquoted Speiser. The ideal Egyptian lifetime was 110, not 130 as I wrote (and have since corrected) in an earlier post in Vayigash. So, Yaakov actually had already surpassed this ideal by 20 years. Speiser does not actually make reference to the ideal Egyptian lifespan in this context. Note though that Yosef lives the ideal lifespan. Speiser does note that fact, referring us to Vergote pp. 200f.

This might carry some meaning in terms of how much Yosef became Egyptianized.

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