[b-hebrew] question from parshat ha'azinu
kwrandolph at email.com
Sat Oct 4 02:32:56 EDT 2003
The question here deals not with the nouns, but with the -MW suffix. There is some controversy about that suffix, has anyone done a study on it?
There are at least 172 verses where words with that suffix are found. Some of the verses have more than one occurrence of the suffix.
Things that I noticed:
the meaning of the suffix could either be plural or singular, though usually plural
it occurs more often in poetry than prose, Deuteronomy 32 is poetry
it is more often attached to a single letter prefix than to a noun or verb e.g. KMW or LMW
where it is plural, it usually refers to a natural group or assemblage, such as a people, tribe
it seems to emphasize the subject of the -MW more so than the noun or prefix its appended to
it seems to indicate that very subject, possibly a reflexive emphasis, not a general subject
Does anyone have any corrections or additions to this?
Karl W. Randolph.
From: "Jason Hare" <jason at hareplay.com>
> In Deuteronomy 32.37-38, I came across two forms that I thought were odd. I
> did an MTR search, and this is the only ocurrence of either of these words
> in this form:
> )LHYMW [elohei/mo] from verse 37
> ZBCYMW [z'vachei/mo] from verse 38
> Is there indeed something odd here? I don't recall ever running across forms
> like this before. What would cause them *not* to use the regular -YW [-av]
> I looked in Rashi, and he commented nothing on the form. He just added this
> in his notes:
> *)LHYMW* $(BDW [*elohei/mu* she'av'du] - *his gods* whom they served
> Any pointers?
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