2 Samuel 13:8

Overview - 2 Samuel 13
Amnon loving Tamar, by Jonadab's counsel feigning himself sick, ravishes her.
15 He hates her, and shamefully turns her away.
19 Absalom entertains her, and conceals his purpose.
23 At a sheep-shearing among all the king's sons, he kills Amnon.
31 David grieving at the news, is comforted by Jonadab.
37 Absalom flies to Talmai at Geshur.
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2 Samuel 13:8  (King James Version)
So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house; and he was laid down. And she took flour, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and did bake the cakes.
 


she took
Dr. Russell says, "The Eastern ladies often wash their own hands, prepare cakes, pastry, etc. in their apartments; and some few particular dishes are cooked by themselves, but not in their apartments: on such occasions, they go to some room near the kitchen."

flour
or, paste. and made cakes.
Rather, as Mr. Parkhurst renders, "and tossed it (wattelabbaiv) in his sight, and dressed the tossed cakes
(halleveevoth)." This will receive illustration from the
account which Mr. Jackson gives of the Arabian manner of kneading and baking. "They have a small place built with clay, between two and three feet high, having a hole at the bottom for the convenience of drawing out the ashes, something similar to that of a brick-kiln. The oven is usually about fifteen inches wide at top, and gradually grows wider to the bottom. It is heated with wood; and when sufficiently hot, and perfectly clear from smoke, having nothing but clear embers at bottom, which continue to reflect great heat, they prepare the dough in a large bowl, and mould the cakes to the desired size on a board or stone placed near the oven. After they have kneaded the cake to a proper consistency, they pat it a little, then toss it about with great dexterity in one hand till it is as thin as they choose to make it. They then wet one side of it with water, at the same time wetting the hand and arm with which they put it into the oven." 8
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