[b-hebrew] What exactly is the semantic overlap between רוח as (1) 'breathe, blow' and (2) 'to be wide, spacious'?

David Kolinsky hadeesh at sbcglobal.net
Wed Jul 17 23:00:57 EDT 2013


Isaac,
How do you propose their relationship if not by some evolving from others?

David Kolinsky
>Monterey CA

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1. And, of course, the רוח חיים RUAX XAYIM of Gen. 6:17 is the software installed in Gen. 2:7 into the hardware.  

2. It is not clear to me what is this "evolution". 

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Jul 17, 2013, at 9:19 PM, David Kolinsky wrote:

Wow,
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>Isaac and I agree - except the evolution is RWX to RWK.
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>David Kolinsky
>Monterey CA
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>To: Stewart Felker <stewart.felker at gmail.com> 
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>RAX is a variant of RAK רך 'soft, pliable, yielding, tender, spreadable', 
>as in Prov. 25:15. It is related to ערך ARAK, 'array, arrange', ארוך AROK, 
>'long', ארוכה ARUKAH, 'relief' (as in Is. 58:8), and ארוחה ARUXAH, 'meal'.    
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>From RX we have רוח RUAX, 'wind', ריח REYAX, 'smell', and רחים REXAYIM, 'millstones'. 
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>Language is capable of expressing the negative only via the positive: 
>nothing = no-thing. Thus, RAWAX is, 'relax, loosen, be free of pressure'.
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>Related to this are:
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>RAXAB רחב 'wide'.
>RARAQ רחק 'spread out'
>RAXA$ רחש 'seethe, swarm' 
>RAXAC רחץ 'wash' 
>RAXAM רחם 'mercy, compassion' 
>RAXAP רחף 'hover', as in Gen. 1:2.
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>Also 
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>RAKAB רכב 'mount, ride, combine'
>RAKAS רכס 'assemble'
>RAKA$ רכש 'acquired' 
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>RAQAB רקב 'rotted'
>RAQAD רקד 'danced'
>RAQAM רקם 'stitched' 
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>and many more of the form #RX, #RK and #RQ.
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>Isaac Fried, Boston University
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>On Jul 17, 2013, at 7:42 PM, Stewart Felker wrote:
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>There's also רֶוַח, as 'relief' - I'm assuming the overlap here would be in the same sense that we say 'having space' (or 'breathing easy'). But what exactly is the connection between 'wind, breath', etc. and being 'wide, spacious'?
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>>University of Memphis
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