[b-hebrew] Interchangeable letters

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Tue Oct 23 12:33:58 EDT 2007


Are you certain that $LX "is sending away, out of the immediate  
presence"? What about $ALAX YADO, "lay hands" of Exodus 22:7, or  
Genesis 22:12? And $OLXIM ET HA-ZMORAH EL APAM, "put the branch to  
their nose", of Ezekiel 8:17?

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Oct 23, 2007, at 10:29 AM, K Randolph wrote:

> Yigal:
> The actions are different.
> On 10/22/07, Yigal Levin <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il> wrote:
>>> Yigal,
>>> How about $LX, 'send away' and $LK, 'fling away', are they not   
>>> "similar
>>> words with the same or a very similar meaning" to warrant  the
>>> consideration of X and K as "interchangeable"?
>>> Isaac Fried, Boston University
>> Worth thinking about. The similarity in what we think of as the  
>> meaning my
>> be a secondary development. Thanks for bringing it to my  
>> attention. Ideas,
>> anyone?
>> Yigal Levin
> In the case of $LX, the action is sending away, out of the immediate
> presence. While the objects sent away are quite dissimilar, the basic
> action, namely that of sending away, applies to all.
> $LK has more the idea of depositing, setting down to a specific place,
> an action that is sometimes accomplished by throwing, other times by
> gently laying down.
> The two actions are very different, I see no reason to consider that
> this could be an example where the X and K were interchangeable in
> Biblical Hebrew.
> Karl W. Randolph.
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