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Title: דת and עין: Two verbs masquerading as nouns in Moses' blessing (Deuteronomy 33:2, 28).
Authors: Steiner, Richard C
Keywords: verbs
grammatical gender
abstract nouns
Issue Date: 1996
Publisher: Journal of Biblical Literature
Citation: Steiner, Richard C. (1996, Winter). דת and עין: Two verbs masquerading as nouns in Moses' blessing (Deuteronomy 33:2, 28). Journal of Biblical Literature 115(4), 693-717.
Series/Report no.: Journal of Biblical Literature;115(4)
Abstract: Irregular spelling is not normally an obstacle to understanding the biblical text. Nevertheless, when the deviant spelling of a rare word coincides with the normal spelling of a common word, exegetes can be misled. I submit that there are two irregular spellings in Moses' Blessing: דת for דאת (Deut 33:2,מימינו אשדת למו) andעין for ען (Deut 33:28, וישכן ישראל בטח בדד עין יעקב). These spellings have disguised the identity of the forms in question, leading many exegetes to assume that they are nouns or simply scribal errors. I shall argue that they are, in reality, verbs and not in need of emendation.
Description: scholarly article
ISSN: 0021-9231
Appears in Collections:Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies (BRGS): Faculty Publications

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