[b-hebrew] suffixes

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Thu Mar 1 21:25:59 EST 2012


  Would you point out to us another biblical instance of the  
"eshtaphel (or hishtaphel) stem".

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Mar 1, 2012, at 8:48 PM, George Athas wrote:

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