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Bibil Identifier bibil:221081
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The “Seven Eyes” of Zech 3:9 and the Meaning of the Dual Form
Author Thomson, Christopher J.
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 62, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 115-128 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The so-called “dual” form, when it occurs with parts of the body naturally occurring in pairs such as hands and eyes, is not dual in meaning as commonly supposed, but rather plural. This explains why the phrase שִׁבְעָה עֵינָ֑יִם in Zech 3:9 means “seven eyes” and not, as occasionally suggested, “seven pairs of eyes.” This “dual-form plural” is only rarely used where terms for body parts are extended to other objects, making it unlikely that עֵינַ֫יִם means either “facets” or “springs.”
DOI 10.1163/156853311X580662
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Anthropology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Hebrew : Themes : Morphology
Pericopes Zechariah 3,9
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