[b-hebrew] qedem

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Jul 24 17:45:58 EDT 2004

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Kirk" <peterkirk at qaya.org>
To: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>
Cc: "b-hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, July 24, 2004 10:41 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] qedem

> On 24/07/2004 21:25, Yigal Levin wrote:
> >Yes. A similar term is LPNY "liphney" - literally "in the face of...",
> >meaning both "in front of" and and "previous to". As a geographic term,
> >peney", "facing", can mean "east of", but also just "across from". In
> >Aramaic, the root QDM has many of the same meanings as LPNY in Hebrew.
> >
> >
> >
> Well, not quite what I mean unless LPNY can also mean "in front of" in a
> *temporal* sense. Can it? Well, apparently it can in Deuteronomy 30:15
> (cf. vv.1,19) and Jeremiah 21:8 where the reference is to the
> Israelites' future life or death. But the link is clearly here to God's
> laws which are commonly said to be LPNY the Israelites, but not in a
> temporal sense. So the best we can say is that this future reference
> sense of LPNY is marginal, in biblical Hebrew. Is that fair?
> --
> Peter Kirk

You're probably right, but I wouldn't expect a 100% similarity in semantic
range. You were looking for ambiguity - and it certainly is there.


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