feminine pronoun in Jonah 4:4

Charles David Isbell cisbell at home.com
Wed Apr 25 08:29:26 EDT 2001


Jim,
This is not a feminine pronoun, but the pausal form of the masculine LeKha.
Note the SiLLuQ with the lengthened vowel [QaMaTZ], marking the last
accented syllable before the SoF PaSuQ [end of the verse].
Charles
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From: "Coakley Jim" <drcoakley at yahoo.com>
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Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2001 6:30 PM
Subject: feminine pronoun in Jonah 4:4


> A student in class recently asked me why there was a
> feminine pronoun (you)in Jonah 4:4. (It is the last
> word in the verse). I have looked in several sources
> and I cannot find any discussion on why it is in the
> feminine gender. I would expect masculine (referent
> being Jonah) but the pronoun is pointed as a feminine
> pronoun attached to the preposition lamed. The closest
> feminine antecedent is nephesh in verse 3 and I was
> wondering if that is the referent the Masoretes
> intended or if there is some other explanation?
>
> Jim Coakley
> Moody Graduate School
>
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