[b-hebrew] Ps. 104:12 - (P)YM
06peterson at cua.edu
Sun Jun 20 06:58:30 EDT 2004
Compare Syriac `ufyo and the corresponding verbal root `p', meaning to
bloom or flourish. We also get the noun in Biblical Aramaic, with
reference to the tree in Nebuchadnezzar's vision, as I recall. I agree
with George that they're pretty clearly not the same word and that the
writer probably intended a play.
Yigal Levin wrote:
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> From: "George F. Somsel" <gfsomsel at juno.com>
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> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Ps. 104:12 - (P)YM
>>On Sun, 20 Jun 2004 07:59:19 +0200 "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>
>>>Happy Tammuz to y'all,
>>>(P)YM - 'pha'im - in Ps. 104:12, is usually translated "branches".
>>>While this seems to fit the context, the word looks to me more like
>>>a plural of (oph, "bird". Any comments?
>>With a third radical aleph? I think the writer was playing with words
>>(oWP // (f:Pf)YIM
> Agreed. But what does the word mean?
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