[b-hebrew] Hebrew plural

George F. Somsel gfsomsel at juno.com
Mon Aug 9 02:29:05 EDT 2004

On Sun, 8 Aug 2004 22:09:58 -0400 John Cordaro <jcordaro at intergate.com>
> Can someone please elaborate on Eccl 12:1 and Isaiah 54:5. Is it true 
> that "Creator" is plural in Eccl 12:1 and "husband" and "Maker" are 
> plural in Is 54:5?
> If so, how does one determine it is plural and how should we then 
> understand these verses? Is it similar to a plural of majesty or are 
> we 
> to believe there are two Creators (or more) which is contrary to Is 
> 44:24 which states YHWH created "alone" and by Himself?
> Thanks,
> John
> _______________________________________________

Eccl. 12.1
W.Z:CoR )eT_B.oWR:)eYKf B.iYM"YM"Y B.XW.RoTeYKf . . .

Is 54.5
K.iY Bo(a:LaYiK . . . 

In both these passages there is a common phenomenon -- the words with
which you are concerned are masc. pl. parts. in the construct state with
suffixes.  This is evidenced by the Yod preceeding the suffix.   I would
recommend that you study the changes that occur when a word is in the
construct state.


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