[b-hebrew] MI- nouns
kwrandolph at gmail.com
Fri Jan 1 17:57:42 EST 2010
I don’t consider these nouns to have a M- prefix, other than that brought
about by being the piel, pual, hiphil or hophal participles, treated as
nouns. The forms follow the grammatical rules for the conjugations of
As for their meanings, they refer to people, objects, actions or places
connected with the actions denoted by the verbs. Hence a M)HB is a lover,
MZKYR a recorder, a type of secretary, MBW(H a flowing spring, MB+ an
expectation, MB+) a rash utterance, MKTT a smithy for metal work, and so on.
Karl W. Randolph.
On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 10:17 PM, Pere Porta <pporta7 at gmail.com> wrote:
> There are in Hebrew, and of course in the Hebrew bible, many nouns that
> been formed form a three letter base to which *MI*- has been prefixed.
> And so, *MI*ZRFX, *sunrise, east* (1Ch 5:10) or *MI*KTFB, *a writing* (2Ch
> I'm doing a research about the real meaning of *MI*- and I'm wondering:
> 1. Does *MI-* always -or nearly always- mean "the place" where the thing
> happens? This is clear for *MI*ZRFX, the place where the sun rises, and
> for MIDBFR, wilderness (Dt 32:10) (the place where the DFBFR, the word
> place?), MINZFR, monastery (the place where the consecration is
> fulfilled)...but not for *MI*KTFB, a writing (and not a writing desk or a
> 2. Could we say that this prefix means too the result or effect of the root
> concept being fulfilled as it is the case in *MI*KTFB, a writing or
> a finding?
> 3. If 1. and 2. are true, maybe this prefix could also be someting else? I
> mean: that by prefixing this *MI-* to several root types a meaning other
> than "place" and "result/effect" would result?
> 4. Would this *MI-* be in some way related to preposition MIN, from (or,
> less probably, to pronoun MY, who)? Or it rather would be something quite
> different from MIN and from MY? In this last case, what would it then be?
> Pere Porta
> (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
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