[b-hebrew] meaning of XWT

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Tue Oct 28 20:11:29 EST 2003

Dear Noam:

You see what happens when a person quickly scans a return from an electronic search. I should have double checked before posting.

However, when looking at the context of the nouns, the two occurances in Job and the one in Numbers 32:41 refers to the same thing, while I’ll agree upon more careful checking the context that the other two come from “seal(ring)”. In all three cases, the noun has a third person plural suffix and in the case in Numbers the noun is plural as well.

When I look at the contexts of the name “XWT Y)YR” I noticed that they were listed as cities, not just encampments. Is this a holdover from an older name, sort of like “Fort Laramy” and other such names in the U.S., or does it refer to something more than just a military encampment?

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: Noam Eitan <noameitan at yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2003 17:01:39 -0700 (PDT)
To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [b-hebrew] meaning of XWT

> It means a camp, conjugated as a construct noun. In Numbers 32:41 it is used as such, as well as a free standing noun. But all the other examples you gave are of a different word altogether, xwtm (chotam - a signet ring) - the root is xtm, not xwh as in xwt.
> Noam Eitan
> Brooklyn, NY
> >In the dictionaries I have XWT [chawat] is listed merely as a name, and 
> most of the time in Tanakh it is used as one, as part of the name XWT 
> Y)YR, the name of a town east of the Jordan.
> However, in five verses, Numbers 32:41, Ezekiel 28:12,  Haggai 2:23, 
> Job 38:14, 41:15 I noticed that it is used apart from the name of the 
> town. It appears to be something that was built up, not just a natural 
> phenomenon. Does anyone have a clue to its meaning?
> Thanks for your help.
> Karl W. Randolph.
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