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Variation in Grammatical Gender in Biblical Hebrew A Study on the Variable Gender Agreements of {final kef}{resh}{segol}{dalet}{segol}, ‘Way’+

Markus Zehnder

in Journal of Semitic Studies

Published on behalf of University of Manchester

Volume 49, issue 1, pages 21-45
Published in print January 2004 | ISSN: 0022-4480
Published online January 2004 | e-ISSN: 1477-8556 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jss/49.1.21
Variation in Grammatical Gender in Biblical Hebrew A Study on the Variable Gender Agreements of {final kef}{resh}{segol}{dalet}{segol}, ‘Way’+

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The first part of this article provides a review of the attestations of the noun {final kef}{resh}{segol}{dalet}{segol} (‘way’) in the Hebrew Bible, offering a new classification according to grammatical gender. In the second part of the article, an explanation of the variation in the grammatical gender of {final kef}{resh}{segol}{dalet}{segol} is proposed. The author suggests that neither chronological, poetic, semantic or syntactic factors can explain the variation in gender in a satisfactory manner; although such factors may be of some importance in specific cases, the underlying decisive clue can be found rather in morphological and phonological features of words syntactically dependent on {final kef}{resh}{segol}{dalet}{segol}.

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Subjects: Middle Eastern History ; Middle Eastern Languages ; Literary Studies - World ; Biblical Studies

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