[b-hebrew] XSD

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Thu Aug 25 07:46:08 EDT 2005

On 25/08/2005 07:42, Karl Randolph wrote:

>The question is, which pattern did ancient Hebrew 
>It looks as if Yitzhak may have the answer: ancient 
>Hebrew had very few compound lexemes, and they 
>followed the German pattern of being 
>morphologically combined.

I would reword this: as Yitzhak pointed out ancient Hebrew had very few 
compound lexemes *which* followed the German pattern of being 
morphologically combined. But it clearly had a large number of compound 
lexemes which follow the Chinese model, which is also common in English. 
I gave one example. I don't have time to list many more of the hundreds 
which can be found for example in the (incomplete) SDBH dictionary, see 
http://www.sdbh.org/ and look for examples like BEYT-'AB and MATTEH 
'ABOT in the first sample entry 'AB. These two are not perhaps ideal 
examples, but I am sure you can find better ones by a search - although 
unfortunately there is not yet a published entry for NS' which, 
according to one list I saw, is part of at least 20 or so (Chinese 
pattern) compound lexemes.

>As for "filling the hand", that appears to refer to 
>first during the consecration week for Aaron and 
>his sons, twice they had their hands filled with 
>objects to be sacrificed (Leviticus 8-9) and many 
>of the sacrifices called for a handful of flour or 
>grain to be added to the offering.

Yes, but ordination or consecration is semantically quite a different 
matter from taking a handful of grain. Hebrew uses similar, but not 
identical, phrases for both, but they are still clearly distinct 
actions. For MILLE' YAD referring to a one off ordination or 
consecration ceremony, see Exodus 28:41, 29:9,29,33,35, Leviticus 8:33, 
16:32, 21:10, Numbers 3:3, Judges 17:5,12, 1 Kings 13:33, Ezekiel 43:26 
(concerning the altar), 1 Chronicles 29:5 (meaning debatable), 2 
Chronicles 13:9, 29:31 (again debatable). Almost none of these can 
possibly refer to a literal filling of the hands.

You gave one example of the priests' hands being literally filled in 
Leviticus 9. But what example do you have from Leviticus 8?

Peter Kirk
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