[b-hebrew] Genesis 31: 47 - Suffix -UT

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Wed Nov 28 01:02:09 EST 2007


The flow chart should go, methinks, this way

                   ----------> MELEK, king

MLK, root
                   ----------> MALKUT, kingdom, kingship

Now, matters become befogged because we jump from one language to  
another and think that by mechanical translation we achieve  
understanding. To understand the Hebrew you need to explain to  
yourself what MELEK and MALKUT mean without using the English  
equivalents, only the root MLK.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Nov 28, 2007, at 12:05 AM, <pporta at oham.net> <pporta at oham.net> wrote:

>> Your argument is very clear to me, except that I still don't see HOW
>> the particle, to use your terminology, -UT turns a noun into an
>> abstract noun.
>> Isaac Fried, Boston University
> __________
> Melek, king  ---------> malkut (malk-ut), royalty (1Ch 29:25)
> How can this -ut be explained as a combining of personal pronouns?
> For confirmation: in Israeli Hebrew.... there are plenty of cases  
> where a final -ut means an abstract concept:
> 1. adom, red ---------> admut, redness
> 2. pikeaH, seer (Ex 4:11)  ----------> pikHut, cleverness
> 3. sefer, book ---------> sifrut, literature
> etc. etc.
> Pere Porta
> Barcelona (Spain)

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