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

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Sat Dec 22 12:44:43 EST 2012


This is not a construct chain with an out of place pronominal suffix or
archaism for poetic reasons, but a simple sentence with an implicit “to be”
verb, giving a contrast to another simple sentence. The grammar is simple
with no complexities.

Those points are what give complexities when simplicity works better.

Karl W. Randolph.

On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 8:14 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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