[b-hebrew] The vowels of אֶחָד

George Athas George.Athas at moore.edu.au
Sat Apr 9 06:20:07 EDT 2011

Uri Hurwitz wrote:

     Where is this "double-heth"?  where is the evidence for it?

     Those Heths and other gutturals do not take a Dagesh forte.

     The Masoretes who had sharp ears, simply did not hear doubling
in these letters.


That's precisely the point. It's 'virtual' doubling. Phonetically there is no doubling, but in terms of the grammatical rules the Masoretes seem to have been following, there does seem to be virtual doubling going on.

Moore Theological College (Sydney, Australia)

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