[b-hebrew] Offend/dealt corruptly - chet bet lamed (nehemiah 1:7)
kwrandolph at email.com
Mon Jun 21 17:23:41 EDT 2004
Now we are getting back into a discussion of the evolution of the Hebrew language. I thought that was off list.
Karl W. Randolph.
----- Original Message -----
From: Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org>
> Hebrew XBL is (according to BDB) related to two quite different Arabic
> words with different letters and sounds for the first radical. According
> to many scholars, this suggests two different pronunciations in early
> Hebrew. One of the Arabic verbs (with a pharyngeal fricative rough H
> sound) means "bind"; the other (with a uvular fricative KH sound) means
> "corrupt or render unsound" or (in another form) "be deranged (in mind)"
> (quoting BDB here). BDB links the words XABAL "act (ruinously)
> corruptly) and XEBEL "destruction" with the latter root, and the other
> senses to the former root. The details are uncertain, but the evidence
> suggests at least that it is dangerous to try too hard to find a common
> Peter Kirk
> peter at qaya.org (personal)
> peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
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