[b-hebrew] Shabbat in construct state?

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Thu Aug 8 00:08:11 EDT 2013

I will tell you what I think about the patax (Wikipedia says about  
the qamatz
that it is, or used to be, a

תנועה אחורית חצי-פתוחה מעוגלת

but this we can safely ignore as a mere finger-sucked fable), and  
this is, as
far as I can go.

1. The יסוד מוסד of the Hebrew niyqud is that the dagesh was  
there first as
the sole reading cue for a patax, a xiriq, or a qubuc,  
(זַנְבוֹת is an override)
and that the NAQDANIYM based their punctuation on this dagesh. The  
has nothing to do, in my opinion, not with "gemination" and not with  
the "opening"
and "closing" of syllables. Even the hardening of BGDKPT with a  
dagesh, is,
in my opinion, merely incidental.

2. Upon seeing the dot in the word שבּת in Num. 28:10, the  
a patax under the letter ש $in. Then they saw the next word  
with two interior dgeshim (the initial dagesh is, methinks, but a  
vestige of a
dot marking the beginning of the word), which prompted them to place two
patax marks, one under the letter ש $in, and one under the letter ב  
to read olAt $AbAt b$AbAto.

3. In Is. 66:23 the NAQDANIYM saw the dagesh in the letter ת of  
and this directed them to place a xiriq under the letter ה he.

4. A patax/qamatc interchange may change the meaning, for instance,
דַּג זהב DAG ZAHAB, 'gold fish', versus  דָּג זהב 'he  
fished gold'. But דַּגְתִּי 'I fished',
with a patax under the letter ד dalet due to a dagesh in the letter  
ת tav.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Aug 7, 2013, at 8:37 AM, AMK Judaica wrote:

> The following examples of שבת have a patah under the bet rather  
> than the expected kamatz:
> 2. Numbers: 28:10
> עֹלַ֥ת שַׁבַּ֖ת בְּשַׁבַּתּ֑וֹ עַל- 
> עֹלַ֥ת הַתָּמִ֖יד וְנִסְכָּֽהּ׃ פ 
> 4. Chronicles I: 9:32
> וּמִן-בְּנֵ֧י הַקֳּהָתִ֛י מִן- 
> אֲחֵיהֶ֖ם עַל-לֶ֣חֶם  
> הַֽמַּעֲרָ֑כֶת לְהָכִ֖ין שַׁבַּ֥ת  
> שַׁבָּֽת׃
> Some references list these occurrences under a construct rubric,  
> which explains the patah. But why is there a construct state here?  
> And regarding the first example, why does the identical phrase
> 2. Isaiah: 66:23
> וְהָיָ֗ה מִֽדֵּי-חֹ֙דֶשׁ֙  
> בְּחָדְשׁ֔וֹ וּמִדֵּ֥י שַׁבָּ֖ת  
> בְּשַׁבַּתּ֑וֹ יָב֧וֹא כָל-בָּשָׂ֛ר  
> לְהִשְׁתַּחֲוֹ֥ת לְפָנַ֖י אָמַ֥ר ה'׃
> have a kamatz?
> Thank you,
> Ari

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