[b-hebrew] DVD or DVYD?

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Sun Jun 20 23:24:06 EDT 2004


In the days before dictionaries and spell checkers, people spelled as they heard words. In English, for example, one could find two spellings for ”bear“ (the big animal) in the same sentence from the Louis and Clark expedition. Are we surprised to see Biblical Hebrew writers doing the same?

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tony Costa" <tmcos at rogers.com>

> Dear Friends, I noticed that there appears to be a variant in the MT for the name David. In some places David is spelled DVD (eg. 2 Sam.7:5; Ps.89:21), while in others it is spelled DVYD (eg.1 Chron.15:1-3; Hos.3:5), with the yod between the vav (or waw) and daleth. Why the inclusion of the yod? Is this a later development as a variant in the name of David? BDB (sv.DVD) states that these variants of David can occur together in the same text. For instance, while the books of Kings uses DVD, there is an exception in 1 Kings 3:14 where DVYD is used. Is this a late development or was it simply the case that this name could be spelled both ways. Many thanks.
> Tony Costa
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