[b-hebrew] Ps. 104:12 - (P)YM

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Sun Jun 20 14:39:26 EDT 2004


Dear Yigal,

>(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?


HH: I don't think that oph, "bird," has a plural, at least in the OT. 
It is a collective word and already means "birds" in the singular.

				Yours,
				Harold Holmyard




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