[b-hebrew] The root GB)

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Thu Nov 1 08:11:59 EDT 2007


Karl & All,

The root GB) is an easy one as it is of limited lexical content ---  
it is of exact face value --- what you see is what you get.
It is surely immediately related GAB, 'back' and GEV, 'body' [where V  
is for the Hebrew waw]. Even the prudent Gesenius is of this opinion.  
The root is also surely related to the roots GB(, from which GIB(AH,  
'hill', is derived, GBH, 'tall', and GV(, 'demise'. Spoken Hebrew  
makes good use now of the root GBB, 'pile up, collect', especially in  
connection with loose talk. Also related to GAB are HAB, 'give', of  
Genesis 30:1, QAV, 'line' of Isaiah 44:13, XUB, 'body' of Job 31:33  
and XOB, 'obligation' of Ezekiel 18:7.
Now, GAB calls to mind 'convex' or bent up, but it may equally well  
mean 'concave' or bent down. In other words, it may refer to 'high'  
as well as to 'deep' in the sense that deep is 'high down'.  
Similarly, G)H, is certainly 'high, lofty', yet GAY) is 'a valley, a  
depression' [see Isaiah 40:4]. Likewise, KPP is 'bend down', but KEP  
is 'cliff, rock', to which one climbs up, as in Jeremiah 4:29.
 From the text we infer that GEBE) is a water filled depression or  
possibly a tall, [and hence deep] container used to keep water.
The root GB) is also related to the root QVH of Genesis 1:9. Also to  
the later XABIT, 'cask, barrel', and possibly to the MAXBAT of  
Leviticus 6:14, assuming that its radical letters are but XB.
Below are listed some of the roots I see immediately related to GB),  
under the assumption of the equivalence of G, H, X, K, Q and B, V, P,  
and the understanding that (, ), and a final H are just fillers used  
to complete the root into a three letter form.
Here they are:
GB), GB(, GBH
GBB, XBB, HBHB, QBB, GPP, XPP, KPP
GV(, HVH, XVH, QVH, XB), KB(, XBH, KBH, KP), KPH, QBH, QB(

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Oct 29, 2007, at 12:53 PM, K Randolph wrote:

> Dear Havurim:
>
[cut]
> GB) as a noun used only once, possibly referring to a quenching or
> annealing vat that has water?
>
> Any thoughts?
>
> Karl W. Randolph.
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