[b-hebrew] Zipporah the Cushite

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Sun Mar 17 01:37:21 EDT 2013

Another thing.

1. Onkelos indeed translates הכושית HA-KU$IYT as שפירתא  
$APIRTA from the root שפר $PR (an obvious variant of SPR 'tell a  
tall tale'), 'accumulate'. In spoken Hebrew שיפור $IYPUR is  
'improvement', namely, the accumulation of good things.

2. We should also mention here the root קשט Q$T of which we have  
the קשיטה Q$ITAH 'coin, nugget' of Gn. 33:19, and קושט QO$T,  
'piece', of Prov. 22:21. In spoken Hebrew קישוט QIY$UT is  
'ornament, accessory'.

3. Also relevant here is the QASQAS = QAS-QAS, 'scale, hard flake',  
of Lev. 11:9.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Mar 16, 2013, at 5:48 PM, Joseph Roberts wrote:

> I did notice that Targum Onkelos in the rendering of this verse  
> says the following:
> And Miriam and Aharon spake against Mosheh, because of the fair  
> woman whom he had taken

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