[b-hebrew] Sorting senses of $M(

dana densmore danadensmore at hotmail.com
Sun Apr 26 16:24:08 EDT 2009

Thanks, Karl!

It does seem to me that in the Ex.19:5 phrase )M $MW( T$M(W BQLY we have to be talking about listening not obeying primarily, because of the BQLY, and merely hearing doesn't seem right because of the emphasis of the infinitive construct in $MW( T$M(W.  

Can we, in general, get any help from the following preposition, where one is present, or from the absence thereof?  It doesn't seem to be universal, but is there a clue in some form like when the $M( verb is followed by B: it is more like listening, or L: or (L perhaps more like obeying?  Or if no preposition, perhaps with )T, more like hearing?  I already know this is way too pat and convenient.  But does one get at least some sort of feel based on the preposition or particle?

Dana Densmore


Karl W. Randolph.
> Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2009 22:01:12 -0700
> From: kwrandolph at gmail.com
> To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Sorting senses of $M(
> Dana:
> 2009/4/24 dana densmore <danadensmore at hotmail.com>
>> "One thing I'm wondering about is whether you all find in Tanakh a sense of
>> "listen" in the English meaning of active listening, not just passive
>> hearing, and distinguished from the use of "listen" as a synonym for "obey".
>>  Does that sense appear in Tanakh, as you read it?
>> I mean this as a question about Biblical Hebrew, not theology.  Can we,
>> based on the way we find the root used in the text, say something useful
>> about the semantic range of this word in Biblical Hebrew?
>> Thanks!
>> Dana Densmore
>> It is my understanding that this is the primary use of the word, namely
> active listening.
> Karl W. Randolph.
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