[b-hebrew] Genesis 12: 5: RK$
kwrandolph at gmail.com
Tue Nov 13 22:22:26 EST 2007
On 11/13/07, Isaac Fried <if at math.bu.edu> wrote:
> I would translate RKU$ of Genesis 12:5 as 'assembled possessions, or
> 'mobile property' [German: Möbel, Moebel], or 'transportable
> possessions'. In particular, the word does not appear to refer to
> owned land, contrary to its present day usage.The word is derived
> from the root RK$ through the insertion of the personal pronoun U =
> HU) for the thing itself. The presence of the letter R in the root
> implies that it refers to a material state of aggregation or
> dispersion. By the equivalence of the letters D, Z, T [Tet], Y, S, C,
> $, T [Tav], and then G, H, X, K, Q we obtain all the immediate
> relatives of RK$: RGZ, RG$; RXC, RX$; RKS, RK$, RKD
Let's look at meanings as they are used in Tanakh, defined according to action:
רגז RGZ to shudder, also used in the sense of making shudder as in
being alarmed, to arouse oneself (hitpael)
רגשׁ RG$ to be agitated
רחץ RXC to wash
רחשׁ RX$ to bubble up, as in boiling a sauce
רכס RKS to knot on, used also metaphorically as in "knotting"
obligations on a person
רכשׁ RK$ to own, collect, usually referring to transportable possessions.
רקד RQD to skip, as in dance
> Isaac Fried, Boston University
How do the actions of skipping, bubbling up, washing, being agitated
or shuddering "refers to a material state of aggregation or
This question is rhetorical as from your past responses, I don't
expect a workable answer.
Karl W. Randolph.
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