"shibboleth" in pop media

Borja, Matt Matt.Borja at yc.edu
Wed Oct 9 16:16:57 EDT 2019

It comes from Judges 12:5-6 where we see one of the earliest forms of authentication, hence "Shibboleth" is a fitting name for this product.

"And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay; Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand."

These days, we just say "Access Denied." :)

-----Original Message-----
From: users <users-bounces at shibboleth.net> On Behalf Of Phil Pishioneri
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Subject: "shibboleth" in pop media

This past Friday's TV episode of Jeopardy (aired 2019/10/04), in the category "Words About Words", had this clue:

    It's a word that tells people you're in a group; in the Bible those
    who said "sib" instead of "shib" were slaughtered



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