[b-hebrew] Some questions about Genesis 22

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Wed Jul 1 20:47:17 EDT 2009


What is a "long vowel"?

Isaac Fried
Boston University

On Jul 1, 2009, at 8:05 PM, Randall Buth wrote:

>> Dear people,
>>
>> 1) In verse three we have the word אֶת-חֲמֹרוֹ. Why does  
>> the waw-cholem
>> gets replaced with a cholem?
>
> Spelling in the First Temple had a tendency to only use one long  
> vowel marking
> with a vav, yud, or he. When Hamor 'donkey' is alone it can take a  
> holem-vav,
> but when it has a suffix, they tended to write the suffix and then  
> they didn't
> write any more vowels with helping consonants.
>
>
>> 2) In verse 5 of Genesis 22 we have the cohortatives נֵלְכָה  
>> and
>> וְנָשׁוּבָה. I am not sure if  
>> וְנִשְׁתַּחֲוֶה is one, it has a segol, but it
>> is surrounded by other cohortatives. Who can clarify this?
>
> Yes, lamed-yud verbs do not mark the volitional -a ending, so in
> context the verb ve-nishtaHave is volitional/cohortative
>
>
>> I have Joüon/Muraoka (English version) and J.M. Lettinga (Dutch  
>> grammar),
>> so you can reference those if you want.
>>
>> Kind regards,
>>
>> Michiel Borkent
>
>
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