[b-hebrew] Vowel question

Yitzhak Sapir yitzhaksapir at gmail.com
Sat Aug 20 16:36:41 EDT 2005

On 8/20/05, Yigal Levin wrote:
> Shalom all,
> The third word in Deut. 5:24 (vs. 27 in the English), "and hear", is voacalized 
> "u$ama(", with a hataph patah under the shin, instead of the expected sheva. 
> Any ideas why?

My concordance lists it as the pausal form of the word, pointing out
it appears also
in 2 Kings 19:16, Isaiah 37:17, and Daniel 9:18.  The qamats in place
of the patah
is also a difference from the normal form.  Perhaps the hataf patah comes to 
stress the schwa which might otherwise be taken for a silent schwa.

Yitzhak Sapir

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