[b-hebrew] The vowels of אֶחָד

Pere Porta pporta7 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 8 10:04:46 EDT 2011

...... How can we then explain interjection הֶאָח, aha, in Ps 35:21?
Compare with לֵבָב, heart (Dt 28:28) or with פֵּאָה, side (Jr 9:25)

Pere Porta
(Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)

2011/4/8 George Athas <George.Athas at moore.edu.au>

> Pere, I've started a new thread for your question. The basic question is,
> as you stated, why אֶחָד 9 ('one') has seghol and not sere in the first
> syllable since, as the first syllable is open, one would expect a long
> vowel, like sere.
> I notice another example of this phenomenon in the word כֶּחָשׁ ('lying').
> In these instances, we have to conclude that the first syllable of the word
> is actually closed, not open. In both אֶחָד and  כֶּחָשׁ, the second
> consonant is heth, which often undergoes virtual doubling. We see this
> occurring when the definite article is added to a noun beginning with heth.
> Thus, for both these nouns, we actually have a double-heth, but it is not
> actually marked.
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