PS And God saw that it was good

Raymond de Hoop rdehoop at keyaccess.nl
Tue Jan 22 09:45:14 EST 2002


Shalom Shoshanna,

Probably these two words have been related in the exegesis of this text and
did you learn it that way. Philologically, however, it seems unlikely that
these words are related. As George wrote, TWB is originally a 2-letter root
TB  (attested in Ugaritic). TB( is a 3-letter word, and the ayin is a strong
consonant which is not added nor deleted in the history of Semitic
languages. 
Moreover, the rendering of Tev`a by "nature" is a derived meaning from the
root TB( II, "to round, shape > to coin" (Jastrow, Dictionary, 518-519),
which was found in late Hebrew (after the period of Talmud and Midrash acc.
to Jastrow, so mediaeval). So I am afraid that your supposition has no
ground.

Kol tuv,
Raymond

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> 
> I still think they are related.
> 
> I'm sure the level of Torah called Kabbala, tells us exactly how.
> 
> Shoshanna
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Not necessarily. It's probably more an accident of history that TB(
> and TWB have two letters the
> same. Not a single root (as far as I have encountered) has ever
> accrued an extra `ayin. I'm sure
> the case is that TWB was originally a 2-letter root (TB), but TB( was
> always a 3-letter root.
> 
> There are numerous instances of words with some identical root
> letters, but very different
> meanings:
> 
> $MR and $M(
> $LX  and  SLK
> (MR and )MR
> 
> ....to name but a small few.
> 
> 
> Best regards,
> 
> GEORGE ATHAS
> (Sydney, Australia)
> 
> 
> 
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