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Raca (Reḳa)

The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

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Noun formed from the adjective "reḳ" (="empty"), and applied to a person without education and devoid of morals (comp. Judges 11:3). The noun occurs several times in the Talmud; e.g., Ta'an. 20b; Ber. 22a. 33b; Giṭ. 58a; B. B. 75a; Pesiḳ. R. 28 (ed. Friedmann, p. 54a). The plural "reḳaya" is found in Ecclesiastes Rabbah. "Raca" occurs also in the New Testament (Matthew 5:22), where it is equivalent to an expression of contempt.

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  • Levy, Neuhebr. Wörterb.
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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Raca (Reḳa)'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​tje/​r/raca-rea3a.html. 1901.
 
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