[b-hebrew] Relationship of כרך, 'wrap around, surround', to כרר?

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Mon Jul 8 09:20:28 EDT 2013

Is this found in Tanakh anywhere?

Karl W. Randolph.

On Sun, Jul 7, 2013 at 9:22 AM, Stewart Felker <stewart.felker at gmail.com>wrote:

> Klein, in his etymological dictionary of Hebrew, says that כרך, 'wrap
> around, surround' is "properly a shortened form of base כרר" ('to move back
> and forth, turn'). But if this is true, what exactly is it shortened FROM?
> To the best of my understanding, כרר is probably an extension of biradical
> כר...and so the pilpel would be כרכר - for example וְדָוִד מְכַרְכֵּר, "and
> David is dancing (whirling)" (there's also Ugaritic krkr 'to twist,
> twiddle', Arabic karkara, 'he repeated').
> Is this what he means?
> And this would be a pretty atypical process, right? But is there any
> chance that there's somewhat of a similar case with Ugaritic kbkb, כוכב,
> 'star' - cf. Akkadian kabābu 'to roast, burn'? (Klein refers to an Akkadian
> ku'ū 'to roast', but the closest I've found to this is a kawûm (II)
> (kamû?), 'to burn'.)
> Stewart Felker
> University of Memphis
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