[b-hebrew] FW: Kethib QFWEH in 1Kgs 7:23; Jer. 31:39; Zec 1:16

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Jun 2 13:45:17 EDT 2006


This goes back to the differences mentioned among 
those nouns that are found in both masculine and 
feminine forms. One of the differences is that the 
masculine refers to specific, or concrete objects, 
while the feminine refers to the more abstract.

Here QW refers to a line, or more specifically a 
measuring line, either physical or metaphorical. 
The feminine QWH is the more abstract concept of 
the measurement, often made with a measuring line. 
The "measurement" idea is most clearly seen in the 
1 Kings passage.

Karl W. Randolph.

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "A. Philip Brown II" <philipbrown at apbrown2.net>
> Shalom,
> Neither HALOT, Holladay, nor BDB provide a gloss for the kethib lemma QFWEH
> found in 1Kgs 7:23; Jer. 31:39; Zec 1:16.
> Is the Kethib nonsense, or are the lexica implying that its meaning is
> identical to QFW, which is the qere reading in all three instances?
> Thanks,
> Philip Brown

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