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by Isaac Fried
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: gods and goats in ancient כנען
Replies: 1
Views: 24

Re: gods and goats in ancient כנען

I suspect that also מֶלֶך MELEK, 'king', originated from the leading, מוֹליך, goat.

Isaac Fried, Boston University
by Isaac Fried
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: gods and goats in ancient כנען
Replies: 1
Views: 24

gods and goats in ancient כנען

It is conceivable that the names אַיִל AYIL, 'ram', אַיָּל AYAL (and also the tree names אֵלָה ELAH and אַלּוֹן ) as well as אֵל EL, as in the expanded אֱלוֹהִים , come all from the Hebrew uni-consonant root ל L or על Al, 'up'. But, it is also conceivable that the ancient canaanite herders selected ...
by Isaac Fried
Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: גוֹג GOG Ezekiel 38:18
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: גוֹג GOG Ezekiel 38:18

The ג-ג G-G (or equally Q-Q), short for גאה - גאה GAAH - GAAH, may refer not only excessive hight or large size, but also to the many tiny scar-tissue bumps עֻגּוֹת (or sinks עֻקּוֹת ) as in קעקוּעים QAQUIYM, 'tattoo work'. See Lev. 19:28 וְשֶׂרֶט לָנֶפֶשׁ לֹא תִתְּנוּ בִּבְשַׂרְכֶם וּכְתֹבֶת קַעֲקַ...
by Isaac Fried
Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: From Hebrew root to verb and noun
Replies: 9
Views: 225

Re: From Hebrew root to verb and noun

The noun making personal pronoun prefix ני NIY, for אני , is rare, but we do find נִדְבָּךְ = ני-דבך embedded in the "Aramaic" of Ezra 6:4 נִדְבָּכִין דִּי אֶבֶן גְּלָל תְּלָתָא וְנִדְבָּךְ דִּי אָע חֲדַת KJV: "With three rows (courses) of great stones, and a row of new timber" w...
by Isaac Fried
Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: גוֹג GOG Ezekiel 38:18
Replies: 1
Views: 51

גוֹג GOG Ezekiel 38:18

While reading today (Ezekiel 38:18) about the mighty גוֹג GOG of מגוֹג = מה-גוג , it occurred to me that it is related, on the one hand, to 'google' and to 'giga', the gigantic number, and on the other hand, to the Hebrew גג GAG, 'loft, roof', and to the post biblical גיגית GIYGIYT, 'tub, vat, vast ...
by Isaac Fried
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Diacritical dagesh
Replies: 0
Views: 22

Diacritical dagesh

In Ps. 56:9(8) we read נֹדִי סָפַרְתָּה אָתָּה שִׂימָה דִמְעָתִי בְנֹאדֶךָ הֲלֹא בְּסִפְרָתֶךָ NIV: "Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll—are they not in your record?" Today סִפְרָה SIFRAH (with a soft "F") is in use in the sense of 'mark, digit, numeral'. Otherwise, ספ...
by Isaac Fried
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: From Hebrew root to verb and noun
Replies: 9
Views: 225

Re: From Hebrew root to verb and noun

This is of interest מִסְפָּר = מי-ספר , 'number', as in Gen. 41:49 וַיִּצְבֹּר יוֹסֵף בָּר כְּחוֹל הַיָּם הַרְבֵּה מְאֹד עַד כִּי חָדַל לִסְפֹּר כִּי אֵין מִסְפָּר KJV: "And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number." NIV: &q...
by Isaac Fried
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: From Hebrew root to verb and noun
Replies: 9
Views: 225

Re: From Hebrew root to verb and noun

I have a student by the name of Magdalena, apparently from the Hebrew מגדל = מה-גדל , 'that which is tall'. The "prefix" מה, מי is commonly used to make nouns out of roots , for example: מָאוֹר = מה-אוֹר Gen. 1:16 מַבּוּעַ = מה-בוּע = מה-נבוּע Isaiah 49:10 מַעְגַּל = מה-עגל Isaiah 26:7 מַע...
by Isaac Fried
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: חֹפֵף XOPEP Deut. 33:12
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: חֹפֵף XOPEP Deut. 33:12

We add to this the pertinent אכף AKAP, 'enforce, subject, compel, bring to bear', as in Job 33:7 הִנֵּה אֵמָתִי לֹא תְבַעֲתֶךָּ וְאַכְפִּי עָלֶיךָ לֹא יִכְבָּד KJV: " Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee." ASV: "Behold, my terror shall...
by Isaac Fried
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: חֹפֵף XOPEP Deut. 33:12
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: חֹפֵף XOPEP Deut. 33:12

This opposite sense of חַף is interesting. Job 33:9 זַךְ אֲנִי בְּלִי פָשַׁע חַף אָנֹכִי וְלֹא עָו‍ֹן לִי NIV: "I am pure, I have done no wrong; I am clean and free from sin." KJV: I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me." Isaac Fried, Boston U...

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