[b-hebrew] Verb Stems Confusion

Brak Brak at neo.rr.com
Fri Jan 30 00:21:35 EST 2009

Thanks George.

I'm still confused with the "mystery" stems:

qal passive, pilel, tifil, polpal, hotpaal, hishtafel, and nitpael.

Could you give a equivalance for them?
Just like polel = piel, what does pilel equal? What does tifil equal? Etc.

John Steven

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George Athas wrote:
> Right on all counts, John.
> The stems you haven't figured out are rare stems which have largely dropped out of use in Biblical Hebrew, or are relevant for only one or two stems. The Hishtafel stem, for example, is the only stem which the root XWH (or $XW - it depends on how you understand the stem) appears in. These might be older stems or dialectal stems, but they aren't used very much in Biblical Hebrew.
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