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40 Hebrew Words for Forty Days - Day 34

40 Hebrew Words for Forty Days - Day 34

The Hebrew noun גֵּר (ger) means ‘sojourner, stranger or alien’ which is derived from the verb גּוּר (gur: to sojourn).

It is used in the Old Testament to refer to an immigrant who is not native born Israeli, but lives with the natives and enjoy the same privileges.

גֵּר (ger) has a figurative meaning as well which underscores the fact that we are aliens and pilgrims and our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.

The season of Lent amid the uncertainties of COVID 19 reminds us that we are sojourners and pilgrims on earth. Nothing is permanent which we have possessed and what we have possessed are to be shared as common resources.


Dr. Aravind Jeyakumar Moniraj is serving as the Associate Professor and HOD, Department of Old Testament at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute in Chennai.

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40 Hebrew Words for Forty Days - Day 33