[b-hebrew] verb nun bet tet in hiphil

David Kummerow farmerjoeblo at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 27 16:50:39 EST 2007

The point made in the last line, I think, doesn't apply to Pual and 
Hophal, ie they are dependent upon Piel and Hiphil respectively. 
Otherwise, yes, new vocabulary may be formed independently of the Qal.

David Kummerow.

> Hi Kenneth!
> Some words have their default form in the Hiphil, rather than in the Qal
> stem. This does not, however, mean that there is something overtly
> 'causative' about those words.
> We have similar types of words in English. We often add '-ize' (or '-ise')
> to make words causative (eg, 'theorize', 'jeopardize', 'finalize'). Yet,
> there are words which naturally end in '-ize' which cannot have a meaning
> without the '-ize' element (eg, 'recognize'). It could be that all these
> words have a causative meaning of some sort, but that in some cases this is
> quite subtle. Alternatively, some of these words might have no causative
> meaning at all -- they just come naturally in this 'stem'.
> The same principle can apply for all the non-Qal stems (eg, Piel, Hithpael,
> etc.)
> Best Regards, 
> Moore Theological College (Sydney) 
> 1 King St, Newtown, NSW 2042, Australia 
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