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How could we know if

פרה אדמה

in Num 19:2 refers either to

  • a red cow (parah edumah)
  • vs a cow of the soil (parah adamah)?

I would like someone to analyse the issue morphologically, grammatically, etymologically relative to Torah as a whole.

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Certainly, I should write "cow of soil" rather than "cow of the soil". However, in English, writing "the soil" would negate the possibility of involvement of cow soil. – Blessed Geek Dec 25 '12 at 19:43

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If it meant "cow of soil," פרה would need to be in the genitive, and thus פרת. I don't think the genitive inflection of that word even occurs in scripture.

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You are right. Still researching on the question. Will come back later to clarify. Later means, probably in 2 months'. – Blessed Geek Jan 6 '13 at 6:24

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