[b-hebrew] Karnaim

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Nov 12 10:53:40 EST 2004


I'm inclined to agree with you.

Horns come out from an animal in the same manner as rays from a light source, and though in Tanakh the "horn" use is more common, the "ray" use is closer to the root meaning. At least that's my 2¢ on the matter.

I find this similar to the use of X+) where almost all the times it is used in Tanakh, it refers to the moral aspect, but its root meaning appears to be "to err, miss the target" as in Judges 20:16.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Harold R. Holmyard III" <hholmyard at ont.com>

> Dear list,
> The only verse I see so far where QRNYM means "rays" is Hab 3:4. I 
> wonder, is there any possibility that the word there is a homonym of 
> the word meaning "horns" and actually derives from the verb QRN, 
> meaning "shine," which occurs in Ex 34:29-30, 35? BDB says the verb 
> is a denominative from the noun "horn," to which it ascribes the 
> meaning "ray" in Hab 3:4. But it is at least conceivable that the 
> "ray" and "shine" words represent an entirely different word, not 
> simply an extension of meaning and form of QRN meaning "horn."
> 					Yours,
> 					Harold Holmyard

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