[b-hebrew] incorrect letter in text

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Thu Jun 5 13:17:55 EDT 2008

QWX in Isaiah 61:1 is a separate word, not a suffix. The makef is a word
separator. All the makef does is to say that these two separate words should
be read together.

PTLTL is Deuteronomy 32:5 is one word with no separators.

You didn't answer my question: is Numbers 16:1 found among the DSS, and if
so, what do they have written? I would be surprised if that is a missing

On Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 12:06 PM, Yaakov Stein <yaakov_s at rad.com> wrote:

> > Isaiah 61:1 has QWX, is it from the same root?
> No, the QWX there is a suffix, although in unusual fashion with a
> makaf, not a separate word.
> The word is PQXQWX which is a strengthened form of PQX = "opening
> their eyes" just like PTLTWL is a strengthened form of PTL = "crooked".
> "Opening their eyes" doesn't fit the context in Isaiah 61:1. When one is
tied up or in fetters, merely opening eyes doesn't help much. Or maybe I
misunderstood your intent?

> Regarding NQX, QXH or QXX, I don't know of such roots …

Since such a small corpus remains from Biblical Hebrew, one of these could
be among the many roots that have been lost. We can't rule them out.

>  (and I don't believe the last one works with the conjugation in question).
> The same way as $WD comes from $DD, RW( comes from R(( or GWL from GLL.

Or do you mean the imperfective in Numbers 16:1? Dropping of the second
letter of a double ayen verb is common in imperfective verbs: if this is one
such example, then this is another example of incorrect pointing by the

> Yaakov (J) Stein

In order to prove your example, you need to show at least that the DSS lack
this verse, or show that the DSS are different.

Karl W. Randolph.

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