[b-hebrew] LBLTY or LBTY, scribal error?

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Tue Aug 12 11:23:18 EDT 2008


Yitzhak:
The reason I said it makes no sense is because the subject of the verse are
the יצוע YCW( (plural) which appear to be flying buttresses, then the
מגרעות MGR(WT
sound like indentations (sockets) in the wall, after which I do not expect
to find a negation about those holding to the wall.

If, on the other hand, it were לבתי אחז LBTY )XZ with the אחז )XZ being a
participle, then it fits the context that the מגרעות MGR(WT are
indentations, sockets, in the outer wall to hold the flying buttresses. The
context then makes sense.

The use of בתים BTYM plural of בית BYT to refer to sockets is found, e.g.
Exodus 25:17, 30:4, 37:27.

Because of the contextual clues, it appears that we might be dealing with a
textual copying error. That's why I ask, is this verse found in any of the
DSS, and if so, what does the DSS say?

Karl W. Randolph.

2008/8/11 Yitzhak Sapir <yitzhaksapir at gmail.com>

> 2008/8/11 K Randolph <kwrandolph at gmail.com>:
> > In 1 Kings 6:6 ends with the phrase:
> > כי מגרעות נתן לבית סביב חוצה לבלתי אחז בקירות־הבית
> >
> > KY MGR(WT NTN LBYT SBYB XWCH LBLTY )XZ BQYRWT HBYT
> >
> > which makes no sense.
> >
> > The description in the verse appears to be something like
> > flying buttresses to hold up the walls of the temples.
> >
> > מגרעות MGR(WT is also a happax legomenon, in context appears to be
> sockets
> > to hold the buttresses.
> >
> > Is it possible that לבלתי LBLTY should have been לבתי LBTY ?
> >
> > What say the DSS? Any variants to support this?
>
> There is no problem with the meaning in the verse.  At best, the
> word XWCH should be read "its outside" (he denoting the 3ms
> possessive pronoun).  LBTY "to the houses of" makes no sense.
> LBLTY fits as the appropriate negation before a verb which appears
> in the infinitive form.
>
> Yitzhak Sapir
> _______________


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