[b-hebrew] וְכִפֶּר in MT (CV) Dt 32:43 Emphatic?

Zalman Romanoff flintflintflintflint at gmail.com
Fri Dec 21 23:34:22 EST 2012


Correction:

Karl,

You read the waw of אַדְמָתוֹ as a pronominal suffix (HIS land), which
is what seems to create the syntactical problems in that segment of
the verse (a strange pronominal suffix in a construct chain), as
rendered by the Masoretes. But the waw does NOT have to signify a
pronominal suffix here, but an archaic/poetic form.
וְכִפֶּר
 אַדְמָתוֹ עַמּוֹ =  וְכִפֶּר אַדְמָת עַמּוֹ.

At any rate, your reading solves the problems with syntax if one
insists that the waw of אַדְמָתוֹ is a pronominal suffix, and offers a
syntactically perfect reading, but what does it mean? What does "and
covering/price (kofer)) of his land is with him" mean in this context?

Noam Eitan

Brooklyn, NY

On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 11:14 PM, Zalman Romanoff
<flintflintflintflint at gmail.com> wrote:
> Karl,
>
> You read the waw of אַדְמָתוֹ as a pronominal suffix (HIS land), which
> is what seems to create the syntactical problems in that segment of
> the verse, as rendered by the Masoretes. But the waw does have to
> signify a pronominal suffix here, but an archaic/poetic form.
> וְכִפֶּר
>  אַדְמָתוֹ עַמּוֹ =  וְכִפֶּר אַדְמָת עַמּוֹ.
>
> At any rate, your reading solves the problems with syntax if one
> insists that the waw of אַדְמָתוֹ is a pronominal suffix, and offers a
> syntactically perfect reading, but what does it mean? What does "and
> covering/price (kofer)) of his land is with him" mean in this context?
>
> Noam Eitan
>
> Brooklyn, NY


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