Jerusalem, definitions

Numberup at Numberup at
Wed Sep 8 15:37:28 EDT 1999

It appears that the reasoning is in this way:  Yerushalayim is a dual form of
Yerushalem, a compound form possibly meaning "foundation of peace," i.e., yeru +
shalem.  "-shalayim," then, would be the dual form of shalem.  What is the problem
with this scenario?

Solomon Landers
Memra Institute for Biblical Research

peter_kirk at wrote:

> Just in case there is any confusion, this case is quite different from
> that of Jerusalem. MICRAYIM is a dual form derived from a well-known
> root MCR which is attested even today in the Arabic name for Egypt,
> which is Misir. As someone pointed out, there is no singular root or
> stem form like YERUSHAL of which YERUSHALAYIM can be the dual.
> Peter Kirk

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