[b-hebrew] Interchangeable Letters

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Tue Oct 23 15:37:14 EDT 2007


The root SRX means 'sprawl'. This, in my estimation, is also the  
basic meaning of the kindred root SRK [and many more such as ZRX,  
YRX, CRX, etc. etc.]. So the SARKIN of Daniel 6:3 are the people  
arrayed [sprawled] by the king. In this sense SARAK is an extension  
of SAR, 'prince', a person in the entourage of the king.
The word SAR [with sin] is a variant of DAR, ZAR, SAR, CAR, TAR.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Oct 23, 2007, at 2:43 PM, JimStinehart at aol.com wrote:

> Isaac Fried:
> There seems to be no known etymology of carek/samech-resh-kaf at  
> Daniel  6:
> 2-4, 6-7, meaning "emir":  an  Eastern minister with an extensive  
> domain of
> governance.  Carach/samech-resh-het (Exodus 26: 12)  literally  
> means "to extend
> (even to excess)".  The meanings seem somewhat related.  Might  
> there be some
> relationship between  these two words, if the sound of kaf was  
> somewhat similar
> to the sound of het in  Biblical Hebrew?
> Thanks so much for the nice examples you have supplied where kaf may
> arguably be semi-interchangeable with het on occasion in Biblical  
> Hebrew.  All I was
> looking for was a sound  similar enough to support a pun in  
> Biblical Hebrew,
> not actual  interchangeability.
> Jim Stinehart
> Evanston, Illinois
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