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Gratitude and Ingratitude

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Genocide – Hakkoz

Volume 10
Editor(s): Dale C. Allison, Jr., Christine Helmer, Volker Leppin, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2015

Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

David Moster

In the HB/OT gratitude is primarily rendered unto YHWH (Achtemeier: 470) and can either take the form of sacrifice or song. It is most often expressed by the Hebrew verb y–d–h, “to give thanks,” and the related noun tôdâ, which can either mean “thanksgiving sacrifice” (e.g., Lev 7:12), “thanksgiving song” (e.g., Ps 26:7), or “choir” (e.g., Neh 12:27–40). According to Gen 29:35, the name Judah is derived from the verb y–d–h and means “I will give thanks to YHWH,” a folk etymology. Regarding sacr…

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