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Goel in the Bible

In Hebrew this is the participle of the verb gaal, “to redeem.”

It is rendered in the King James Version “kinsman,” Num. 5:8; Ruth 3:12; 4:1, 6, 8; “redeemer,” Job 19:25; “avenger,” Num. 35:12; Deuteronomy 19:6, etc.

The Jewish law gave the right of redeeming and repurchasing, as well as of avenging blood, to the next relative, who was accordingly called by this name.

Article Version: March 4, 2021

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