[b-hebrew] The root GB)

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Thu Nov 1 17:09:15 EDT 2007


All,

And not to forget GOB, 'den, pit', of Daniel 6:8 YITRME) L-GOB ) 
ARYAVATA).

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Nov 1, 2007, at 2:00 PM, Isaac Fried wrote:

> All,
>
> There two more words that just come to mind as related to GEBE). The
> first being (AQOB, 'valley?, hill?' of Isaiah 40:4, V-HAYAH HE-(AQOB
> L-MI$OR, and the second being YEQEB, 'wine pressing pit', of Isaiah
> 5:2, V-GAM YEQEB XACEB BO.
> Related to them are the toots NGB, NQB
>
> Isaac Fried, Boston University
>
> On Nov 1, 2007, at 8:11 AM, Isaac Fried wrote:
>
>> 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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