[b-hebrew] dagesh or no dagesh

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Thu Sep 20 19:52:34 EDT 2012

Methinks that:

1. There is no such thing as a kamatz "katan" and a kamatz "gadol".  
If you (not personally) prefer to pronounce a certain kamatz AOUEI  
and wish to call it a kamatz beynoni you (not personally) have my  
permission to do it.

2. The dagesh is a vestige of a pre-NIKUD reading prop which became  
obsolete upon the introduction of the punctuation. Its only purpose  
now is to bedevil the Hebrew language with bizarre rules (courtesy of  
the Hebrew "Academy") on reading the BKP letters.

3. In Nu. 23:27 it is W-QAB-OTO with a dagesh in the letter B  
following a patax, as expected. In Nu. 22.7 it is QABAH with no  
dagesh in the letter B, following a kamatz, as expected. In Nu. 23:25  
it is TI-QAB-ENU with a dagesh in the letter Q, following a xiriq, as  

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Sep 19, 2012, at 3:18 PM, Yodan wrote:

> If it’s a real dot, it’s an interesting situation because this is a  
> “strange” word that may be more properly KOBAH (with a Kamatz  
> Katan) than KAVAH. (Yes, I know that the Masoretes used the same  
> vowel sound for each Kamatz and that the classification into K  
> Gadol and K Katan are later…).

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