[Avodah] What is a Shuk

Zev Sero zev at sero.name
Thu Oct 7 17:29:06 PDT 2021

On 7/10/21 7:31 pm, Micha Berger via Avodah wrote:
> In Bereishis 9:22, Cham runs out to Sheim and Yafes to tellthem of their
> father's nakedness. the pasuq says he told them"bachutz", which Unqekus
> translates "beshuqa".
> He found them in a marketplace? Who does Unqelus believe were conducting
> business there?

Wiktionary says Hebrew "shuq" and Syriac Aramaic "shuqa" derive from 
Akkadian "sūqu", which it translates as "rehov".  So no commerce is 
required; rather once there is a shuq it naturally becomes used as a 
market, because it's ideally suited for that purpose.

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