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Bibil Identifier bibil:245440
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Playing with Words and Identity
Title (English, ) Reconsidering ‪לָרִב בָּאֵשׁ‬, אֲנָךְ, and קַיִץ/קץ in Amos’ Visions
Author Notarius, Tania
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 67, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2017
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2017
Year (Copyright) 2017
Year (Reference) 2017
Language English
Pages 59-86 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In this paper I reexamine three expressions in Amos’ visions: לָרִב בָּאֵשׁ (Am 7:4), אֲנָךְ (Am 7:7-8), and קֵץ/קַיץִ (Am 8:1-2). I suggest to understand לָרִב בָּאֵשׁ in Am 7:4 ‘to inundate with fire’ postulating the root ריב II (parallel to רבב) ‘to bring much water’, etymologically and literarily connecting this expression to the Meribah account. For אֲנךְָ in Am 7:7-8 I substantiate the word-play that incorporates an allusion to 1cs personal pronoun, investigating the involved dialectal Northern Hebrew phenomena in their wider North-West Semitic context: the final vowel reduction in *ˀanāku and the phonetic shifts ō > ū > ī, á > o, and ś > š. For the word-play קֵץ/קַיִץ in Am 8:1-2 I elaborate on its phonetic properties, concentrating on the word-final gemination and the short vowel quality in the lexeme *qiṣṣ. The latter case allows postulating the typological path of the corresponding phonetic development: the diphthong contraction → í > ē in an originally open syllable → í // é allophonism in a double closed syllable → final gemination simplification. As a result, several isoglosses that explicitly separate between Northern and Southern dialects of Hebrew are firmly established: the shorter form of 1cs pronoun ˀanōk vs ˀanōkī and the “Phoenician shift”. The conclusion is that the Northern dialect is close to the Canaanite innovative center, while the Southern dialect represents the conservative periphery.
DOI 10.1163/15685330-12341264
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Twelve Minor Prophets : Amos
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Hebrew : Themes : Phonology
Pericopes Amos 7,7-7,8
Amos 7,4
Amos 8,1-8,2
Terms אֲנָך אנך
רִיב ריב ריב
קַיִץ קיץ
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