[b-hebrew] the meaning of hoy

C. Stirling Bartholomew threetreepoint at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 13 10:55:03 EDT 2005

On 7/13/05 6:59 AM, "Medina, Vincent" <VMedina at cbcag.edu> wrote:

> I have a question for all of you discourse analysis aficionados out
> there. Is there any insight from discourse/linguistic theory which would
> clarify the discourse function of the BH particle "hoy?" This particle
> is variously translated as "woe," "alas," "hey," etc. A variety of
> original settings for the term have also been proposed, including, but
> not limited to, the wisdom tradition, and funeral lamentation. Is there
> any factor that would tip the balances of translation in the direction
> of one meaning over another? Thanks in advance for your help.

Hi Vincent,

The particle hoy contributes to textual cohesion when repeated in prophetic
texts. A good example is Isa 5:8 ff.

Clay Bartholomew 

More information about the b-hebrew mailing list