Fr Ben mistakenly said in the November 1st sermon that the Hebrew word for death and mouth had the same root. Actually that’s not correct. He was thinking about the fact that the Canaanite god of death (Mot) and the Hebrew word for death (maweth) are cognates. Ben says, “That’s what happens when you do exegesis on the fly.”  So if you’re wondering the Hebrew word for mouth is פֶּה (peh). But the point is the same. In Ancient Near Eastern mythology Mot had huge gaping jaws. In Isaiah 25 God says he will swallow up death. In other words, death (Mot) is a puny adversary for Israel’s God.

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