[b-hebrew] Psalm 23.4 --- The Biblical expression _Shadow ofDeath_

Barry nebarry at verizon.net
Tue Feb 19 06:31:17 EST 2013

On 2/18/2013 11:02 PM, Ishnian wrote:

 > ISHINAN: It is definitely a faulty etymology, explained as a linguistic
 > blend of two words "Shadow" Z.ll and "death" Mwt. While in reality
 > it means darkness Z.ulumat (the plural of Z.almah; a simple rule of
 > Semitic grammar). In any case, the verse has nothing to do with 'death'
 > nor 'shadow'. So, why is this citation used during burial rituals?  The
 > only answer I can come up with is that the word has been grossly
 > misinterpreted.
 > Ishinan Ishibashi

So what makes it *definitely* a false etymology?

N.E. Barry Hofstetter
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