[b-hebrew] Why Do They Do This????
Harold R. Holmyard III
hholmyard at ont.com
Wed May 26 21:43:00 EDT 2004
>Subject: EZEKIEL 20:7 AND 18 HITPAEL STEM.
>Why, in place of the expected 'sheva' under the 'mem' in the verb: "defile
>yourselves", am I dissappointed to see an irritating little 'qames'??
HH: There is an aphaeresis (dropping) of the tav because of its
similarity in sound to the teth. The dagesh in the teth allows the
first syllable to close with the "t" sound that the tav usually
provides, and the dagesh gives a doubling of the teth that allows
the next syllable to start.
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