DOES THIRD MASCULINE SINGULAR *TAQTUL EXIST IN HEBREW? BY H. J. VAN DIJK Nijmegen Introduction The attempts, recently undertaken by Nahum N. SARNA 1) to demonstrate the existence of third masculine singular *taqtul in such passages as Job xviii 14, 15 and xx 9 have been severely criticized by W. L. MORAN 2). To make his arguments more convincing DR SARNA quoted a few passages from the Amarna letters, where in his opinion similar *taqtul forms are to be found. In fact, others had explained these forms in the same way, so that one may speak of a sort of consensus, on however small a scale 3). Most of the Amarna passages, as analyzed by W. MORAN, don't look very impressive, and so one might prefer to forget about the hypothesis put forward by N. SARNA in order to cope with the difficult passages in Job. Yet, it might seem as if SARNA'S intuition deserves further consideration in spite of the poor state of the evidence produced so far. Some considerations First of all one may recall that Ugaritic knows of a third mas- culine plural with preformative t. The forms are abundantly attested in the numerous tablets
Vetus Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1969
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