b-hebrew digest: July 29, 2002

Fred Putnam fputnam at biblical.edu
Tue Jul 30 10:55:28 EDT 2002

Subject: Re: hu=hi?

I used GramCord and Even-Shoshan to search the Pentateuch, and found seventeen 
occurrences of HY(, eleven of which are noted by Mp. Some notes:

1. The form does not occur in Dt.
2. The syntagm WHY( does not occur in Torah.
3. HY( occurs in six vv. that include an occurrence of feminine HW(, once (Gn 20.5) 
where HY( occurs between two occurrences of [fem.] HW( in the span of four words.
4. Eleven occurrences are not noted in the Mp of BHS (Gn 19.20; 20.5; 26.7; 40.10; Ex 
1.16; Lv 5.11).
5. In three occurrences (Lv 11.39; 16.31; 20.18) conflicting textual evidence (esp. 
Coptic) reads HW(.

Best wishes,

Frederic Clarke Putnam, Ph.D.
"Dominus illuminatio mea."

Professor of Old Testament
Biblical Theological Seminary
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