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

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sun Jun 20 16:01:15 EDT 2004


----- Original Message -----
From: "Harold R. Holmyard III" <hholmyard at ont.com>
To: "b-hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, June 20, 2004 8:39 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Ps. 104:12 - (P)YM


> 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
>
You're right. Later Hebrew has (ophot, but not the Bible.

So (oph)aiym, "branches" is Aramaic. What does that say (if anything) about
the origin and date of Ps. 104?

Yigal





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