if at math.bu.edu
Tue Nov 27 08:21:56 EST 2012
1. I think that the Hebrew root (or verb) represents a fixed, rather
than an ongoing,
state ––– the Hebrew root is a picture, not a movie. So, SALSAL
(as well as TALTAL,
ZALZAL, CALCAL, $AL$AL) is 'to be mound-like', not 'to lift upward'.
drawn upward, it just factually protrudes. A סלע SELA, 'rock',
like צלע CELA, 'rib', is not drawn upward,
but merely sticks up.
2. It is possible that SULM is plural for SAL, 'basket', and that
SULAM is kind of a
basket elevator. Today we call SULAM a ladder.
3. I don't think that צלם CELEM, 'image', has anything to do with
צל CEL, 'shadow'.
Such "horizontal" relationships between words are, in my opinion'
nonexistent in Hebrew.
4. There is no such thing as a "suspension of hostilities", but there
lounging or lolling, instead of madly hopping around with sword in hand.
5. As far as I can recall several interpreters of the Hebrew bible
the תלם TELEM is indeed the mound, the תל TEL, of earth piled up
the חריץ XARIYC or חריש XARIY$, 'the groove', made by the
מחרשה MA-XRE$AH, the plow.
Isaac Fried, Boston University
On Nov 27, 2012, at 1:51 AM, David Kolinsky wrote:
> With the greatest respect to Isaac, I disagree:
> סולם is probably a pual form that means "the thing that is drawn
> upward" like a rope ladder would/could be
> Like the many words below it is probably derived from:
> סלה to draw up and away
> סלא (drawn upward) ? hold up for comparison >>>>>> סלע (drawn
> upward) cliff
> סלל (draw upward) to make a heap, a highway; to extol
> סלסל lift upward, hold in high esteem
> סלח (draw upward and away, remove) to absolve
> סלף (piel) (to draw off >) to throw off (track)
> סלד (to be drawn upward emotionally) to thrive on, to revel
> סלה ((to draw up and away)) is derived from
> שלה (to hang suspended) to be relaxed (Jr12:1) lazy, to be
> negligent (CrII29:11)
> from שלה we also get תלה to hang;
> from סלה we also get צלה (to suspend from) to roast (SmI2:15)
> as with the other words derived from סלה; there are words
> derived from those above by doubling the two letter root or by
> adding letters to the end of the two letter root. (the final ה is
> most often just a place marker and most often not a third letter in
> the root.)
> צלם means "image" and it is derived from צל meaning "shadow"
> which "hangs off the side of the form."
> שלום means "at peace" because the stative literally means
> "suspended, interrupted" hence "finished, complete;" a suspension
> of hostilities is "at peace"
> תלם means "ridge, farrow" because a "ridge" is drawn upward, in
> the same way that a תל is not just a hill but one drawn upward
> because there is something beneath it.
> Thanks for the time taken to read this,
> David Kolinsky
> Monterey CA
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