[b-hebrew] suffixes

George Athas George.Athas at moore.edu.au
Thu Mar 1 20:48:42 EST 2012

Isaac, the forms that the root חוה take are more than adequately explained by the data to which other list members have pointed, namely the presence of the eshtaphel (or hishtaphel) stem. It is not a vague stem, but one that occurs some 134 times in the Hebrew Bible. You seem to be assuming that if only one root is used in this stem that somehow the stem is illegitimate. This is a rather backward reasoning, imposing an undue assumption onto the data. You're also apparently unwilling to consider evidence from cognate languages—treating Hebrew as a unique monad in the languages of the world. Again, this is quite unreasonable.

Unless you're willing to question your assumptions and engage with the overwhelming evidence, I don't see much point in continuing the discussion. And you haven't as yet shown why the scholarly consensus on this should reconsider its conclusions, as you haven't really exposed any weaknesses. This seems like a total dead end.

Director of Postgraduate Studies,
Moore Theological College (moore.edu.au)
Sydney, Australia

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