[b-hebrew] HXL - begin NOT profane

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Mon Nov 24 18:39:53 EST 2008


I have to say again I do not know this verb HXL. All I know is a hiphil of
one of the following verbs:

XWL to turn about, as in dancing
XLH to become soft, as also in being diseased, weak, wounded
XLL (apparently homonyms) 1) to make common, hence to bring into production,
usually the initiation of the action, hence also to profane, i.e. treat as
common, the opposite of set apart, special; and 2) to pierce, bore through,
as in making a flute, also as in spearing someone.

All of these can be conjugated to the form HXL. But I do not know this verb
as a stand alone root. (Maybe in modern Hebrew, but not Biblical Hebrew.)

Karl W. Randolph.

On Sun, Nov 23, 2008 at 8:18 PM, Yaakov Stein <yaakov_s at rad.com> wrote:

> Pere
> I can think of several cases where the same word does not have an initial H
> or Y,
> but rather a T.
> For example
> Genesis 41:54 WTXLYNH $B( $NY HR(B  and the seven years of famine started
> to come
> Judges 13:25 WTXL RUX and the spirit of God started to move him
> in fact, the form with an initial T is so common, that in modern Hebrew the
> T was (mistakenly?)
> absorbed into the root, which became TXL.
> However, the original root was XWL meaning to occur,
> and in the hiphil form to cause to occur, and thus to start.
> Yaakov (J) Stein

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