[b-hebrew] b-hebrew Digest,worship serve

dwashbur at nyx.net dwashbur at nyx.net
Fri Nov 27 21:53:49 EST 2009

On 27 Nov 2009 at 18:03, K Randolph wrote:

> Dave:
> On Fri, Nov 27, 2009 at 5:14 PM, <dwashbur at nyx.net> wrote:
> > Agreed.  Plus, he's a bit out of date; we now know from Ugaritic
> that the
> > root is XWH, not
> > $XH.
> >
> > XWH is Hebrew for "to declare". Anyway, while the findings at
> Ugarit are
> good for describing the pagan culture of the Iron Age ANE, it is
> only of
> peripheral use for the study of Biblical Hebrew language.

Actually, the biggest problem with the word for "worship" that this guy is talking about has 
always been the infixed shin and tau, but the very same word in the same root appears with 
the same meaning in Ugaritic, which would seem to show that there's another root XWH that 
appears in this "hishtaph`el" stem with the meaning "bow down" etc.  See e.g. Holladay's 
lexicon and most of the literature on Ugaritic.  

Dave Washburn


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