[b-hebrew] the root KPR in Deut21:8.

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Tue Jul 23 21:05:18 EDT 2013

וְנִכַּפֵּר the root is KPR, the act is KAPAR. The initial  
NI is the personal pronoun ANIY, 'self', (similar to the French  
reflexive pronoun 'se', or the German 'sich') identifying the  
receiver of the action as the blood. In my opinion the inner -E- is  
also a personal pronoun, a contracted היא HIY, also for the blood.

The letter K is with a dagesh, as expected after a xiriq. Some would  
say that this dagesh is to mark a "missing" T of the hitpael form  
נִתכַּפֵּר The dagesh in the P is as expected after a patax.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Jul 23, 2013, at 7:05 PM, David Kolinsky wrote:

> Hello all:
> I am a bit confused about the final use of the root KPR in Deut21:8.
> If it is a Niphal (as the context suggests that it should be)  
> shouldn't it be NeeKaPhaeR (N -hiriq- K -qamats- Ph -tsere- R)
>     with a dagesh in the Kaf and no dagesh in the Peh?
> The piel, which does not fit the context, would have a dagesh in  
> the Peh and not in the Kaf.
> If it is in fact a niphal, does any one know of another use of  
> niphal with this root?
> Thanks,
> David Kolinsky
> Monterey CA
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