בְּרִיחַ BRIYAX, Ex. 26:26-29

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בְּרִיחַ BRIYAX, Ex. 26:26-29

Postby Isaac Fried » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:12 pm

We read there
וְעָשִׂיתָ בְרִיחִם עֲצֵי שִׁטִּים חֲמִשָּׁה לְקַרְשֵׁי צֶלַע הַמִּשְׁכָּן הָאֶחָד וַחֲמִשָּׁה בְרִיחִם לְקַרְשֵׁי צֶלַע הַמִּשְׁכָּן הַשֵּׁנִית וַחֲמִשָּׁה בְרִיחִם לְקַרְשֵׁי צֶלַע הַמִּשְׁכָּן לַיַּרְכָתַיִם יָמָּה וְהַבְּרִיחַ הַתִּיכֹן בְּתוֹךְ הַקְּרָשִׁים מַבְרִחַ מִן הַקָּצֶה אֶל הַקָּצֶה וְאֶת הַקְּרָשִׁים תְּצַפֶּה זָהָב וְאֶת טַבְּעֹתֵיהֶם תַּעֲשֶׂה זָהָב בָּתִּים לַבְּרִיחִם וְצִפִּיתָ אֶת הַבְּרִיחִם זָהָב

NIV: Also make crossbars of acacia wood: five for the frames on one side of the tabernacle, five for those on the other side, and five for the frames on the west, at the far end of the tabernacle. The center crossbar is to extend from end to end at the middle of the frames. Overlay the frames with gold and make gold rings to hold the crossbars. Also overlay the crossbars with gold.
בְּרִיחַ = בר-היא-ח, 'latch, bolt, slider, runner, escaper', is from the root ברח BRX, a member of the family of roots
ברג ברח ברך ברק
פרג פרח פרך פרק

Further related to
ברח בחר חבר חרב רחב רבח רוח
all tied together by the common letter, nay, the uniliteral root, R, making the root refer to an aggregated material state of several bodies, or otherwise freedom of relative movement.
We will look at these roots in their close interconnectivity.

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Re: בְּרִיחַ BRIYAX, Ex. 26:26-29

Postby Isaac Fried » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:06 pm

פרח PRX is extensively used today for 'fly away', in close proximity to ברח BRX, 'escape', but in the תנ"ך it is limited to 'erupt, flare, sprout, bloom', as in Songs 6:11
אֶל גִּנַּת אֱגוֹז יָרַדְתִּי לִרְאוֹת בְּאִבֵּי הַנָּחַל לִרְאוֹת הֲפָרְחָה הַגֶּפֶן הֵנֵצוּ הָרִמֹּנִים
NIV: "I went down to the grove of nut trees to look at the new growth in the valley, to see if the vines had budded or the pomegranates were in bloom"
Hence, אֶפְרוֹחַ EPROAX, 'chick', as in Deut. 22:6

כִּי יִקָּרֵא קַן צִפּוֹר לְפָנֶיךָ בַּדֶּרֶךְ בְּכָל עֵץ אוֹ עַל הָאָרֶץ אֶפְרֹחִים אוֹ בֵיצִים וְהָאֵם רֹבֶצֶת עַל הָאֶפְרֹחִים אוֹ עַל הַבֵּיצִים לֹא תִקַּח הָאֵם עַל הַבָּנִים
NIV: "If you come across a bird’s nest beside the road, either in a tree or on the ground, and the mother is sitting on the young or on the eggs, do not take the mother with the young"
has more to do with 'sprout', than with 'fly'. Or, אֶפְרוֹחַ is a budding out פֶּרַח PERAX, 'flower'.

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