[b-hebrew] MX&OP in Gen 30:37

Yaakov Stein yaakov_s at rad.com
Sun Nov 18 06:31:35 EST 2007

I was wondering about the grammatical form of the word MX&OP.

The root clearly means "to expose" or "to reveal" 
from comparison with Is52:10 and Ps29:9.

I always read the sentence as if it were LX&OP, i.e. 
   peeling the bark (in order) to expose the white 

but Rashi and others remark that MX&OP is GYLWY, i.e.
   peeling the bark (and thus) exposing the white

an easier possibility for M--O- is a noun form (similar to MXSOR, MXSOM)
   peeling the bark (and discovering) the exposed white

(Incidentally, in modern Hebrew this noun form is used
for an "exposed" neckline.)

However, the first reading requires a L, the second should be X&YPH, 
and the third seems to be missing some connectives.

Can anyone explain this grammatical form ?

Yaakov (J) Stein

More information about the b-hebrew mailing list