[b-hebrew] Ezra 1:9, MXLP

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Fri Feb 1 08:51:42 EST 2013

To All:

The normal dictionary meaning for this happax is “slaughtering knife”, but
is it accurate? Where does that meaning come from? It’s not obvious from
this context.

It appears from the form that the word is from the root XLP which has a
wide meaning of changing, when used of position the idea of passing
through, by, on, when used of objects to change, exchange, once even used
as a euphemism for death as in “passed away” Proverbs 31:8. Can you see any
connection in meaning between this and “slaughtering knife”? Right now I
fail to see a connection.

One of the ideas discussed years ago was that on nouns that are both
masculine and feminine, is that one of the uses of the difference is that
the feminine indicates generality while the masculine specificity, so in
this case the masculine refers to a specific set of clothing, namely the
priestly robes?

Any ideas?

Karl W. Randolph.
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