[b-hebrew] Elohiym has a Hireq Yod in the M.T.

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Fri Sep 12 19:24:09 EDT 2003

On 12/09/2003 16:00, Karl Randolph wrote:

>Without the yod, it becomes )LHM which means “unto them”. A quick survay of the 100+ times )LHM revealed not once was it used for Elohiym with the omission of the yod. This is using the present, but unpointed, text.
>That doesn’t rule out finding an extra Biblical text or ancient MSS that omits the yod, only that in all the examples that we have, the yod is never omitted.
>Karl W. Randolph.
A quick search of the Westminster Morphological Database revealed only 
about 50 cases of plural nouns ending in -IM without the yod, except for 
cases where there is a yod BEFORE the hiriq e.g. goyim, leviyim.

Peter Kirk
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