[b-hebrew] $PZH/M$PXH

C. Stirling Bartholomew jacksonpollock at earthlink.net
Thu Mar 3 00:28:08 EST 2005

Yigal Levin  wrote:

> Does anyone think that there might be a connection between the words $pxh
> (shifxah - a female slave or "handmaiden", more or less the same as "amah")
> and m$pxh (mishpaxah - an extended family, clan or phratry)? What is know
> about the etymology of the two words?


K&B under m$pxh lists Ugaritic $px and Punic #px. J.Huehnergard* glosses
$px as "sprout, scion." The article in K&B on $pxh leaves your question in
the doubtful category.

Clay Bartholomew 
*page 183 Huehnergard, John   
Ugaritic Vocabulary in Syllabic Transcription
Publisher:  Harvard Semitic Museum 

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