[b-hebrew] WThYNu

David Kolinsky yishalom at sbcglobal.net
Mon Aug 11 18:19:26 EDT 2008

  I think it is the hiphil of HWN which as a noun means "wealth, something (of) substantial (presence)."  And from here we get HN "here (present)."  In Syriac HWN means "to have presence of mind / be mindful."
  So I think the Hiphil means "to cause oneself to be present (with the situation) or to take a situation on."
  d Kolinsky
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1. WTHYNW in Deut 1:41 (Yaakov Stein)


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Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2008 09:10:22 +0300
From: Yaakov Stein 
Subject: [b-hebrew] WTHYNW in Deut 1:41
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The word WTHYNW is unusual.
>From grammatical considerations the N is part of the root.
Two lines later, a similar expression has the more understandable WTZDW.

The Onkelos Aramaic translation sidesteps the issue
(and interestingly translates the second expression in a completely different way).
Rashi explains that this is a verb form of HNNW = "here we are"
and most of the other classical commentaries go along.
Another says that there is another option - HYN, but does not elaborate.

I was wondering if anyone has alternative ideas about this.

Yaakov (J) Stein


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