[b-hebrew] Deut. 32:6

pporta at oham.net pporta at oham.net
Sun Oct 5 14:24:57 EDT 2008

> 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?


1. I think "asher" must be understood between "avikha'" and "qanekha": 
"Maybe he is not your father (who) got you?"
Pay attention: "qanekha" means "your reed", yes. But it means also "he got 
you (male)". These are polysemic words having more than one meaning. In 
Spanish, where I'm from, "traje" means:
-a male suit
but it means
-I brought here
as well. The real meaning of the word depends on the context.

But in my search on Hebrew patterns I did not find another word like 
"qanekha" namely a merging of Qal Perfect, third person singular masculine, 
of verbs lamed"yod (= lamed"heh) + second person singular masculine suffix 
(you, male).

2. And why is there a dagesh (perhaps only in some Codexes) within the shin 
in "sham" (Ex 17:6) and within the lamed in "lo" (Gen 38:9) and within the 
resh in "rakh" (Pr 15:1)... and in... and in... and in...?  Yigal, maybe 
oddities of the Masoretics (to my mind, of course)!

Pere Porta
Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)

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