[b-hebrew] Deut. 32:6

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Oct 4 14:54:49 EDT 2008


Dear all,

According to context, the word "Qanekha" obviously means "your creator" or "your owner", and that is how it is understood by most commentators and translators. However the Masoretic vocalization actually means "your reed" (see Rashi for an even more imaginative "your nest"). "Your creator"/"your owner" should be "Qonekha". Does anyone have an explanation for the Masoretic vocalization? And, as long as we're on the subject, why there is a dagesh in the Qoph?

Wishing y'all a Shanah Tovah and Gemar Hatimah Tovah,

Yigal Levin


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