Is there any possibility that בַּעְלִּי can be read as NOT being masculine?

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Is there any possibility that בַּעְלִּי can be read as NOT being masculine?

Postby Ruminator » Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:05 am

[Hos 2:16 NLT] (16) When that day comes," says the LORD, "you will call me 'my husband' instead of 'my master.'

Is it remotely possible that "mistress" was intended instead of "my Ba'al/Master"?

Is the Hebrew form explicitly masculine? (I don't read Hebrew at all).

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Re: Is there any possibility that בַּעְלִּי can be read as NOT being masculine?

Postby talmid56 » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:30 pm

No possibility whatsoever, Ruminator. “Mistress” would be בַּעֲלָה, for starters (The feminine occurs in 1 Kgs. 17:17, in the construct), while the form in Hosea is from בעל. In his discussion of the declension of feminine nouns ending in qamatz-he ָ, Mansoor notes: “The pronominal suffixes are the same as those used with masculine nouns. In the singular, the ה is changed into ת before the suffixes are added.” (Menahem Mansoor, Biblical Hebrew Step by Step, Vol. 1, 149; 2nd ed., 1988) Thus, “my mistress” would be בעלתי, not בעלי.

Just out of curiosity, and meaning no offense, but why are you here if you don’t read any Hebrew? Are you studying Hebrew at all? If not, you would benefit more from the forum if you started.
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