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חלילה

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The root חלל appears throughout the range of Semitic languages. The Akkadian word elēlu is employed with the meaning, “to be free,” “to set free,” or “to purify.” Modern biblical lexicographers perceive several distinct homonyms for the root חלל in the Bible: “to pierce,” “to play the pipe,” or “to defile.” In the Bible, the word חלילה functions as a passionate rejection, a recoil of horror. It is never employed to promise something constructive or positive. The oath formula חלילה often includes a specific reference to God, in the form ' חלילה לי מה This chapter examines the exceptional cases to the common usage of the phrase beginning with the word חלילה.

Keywords: חלילה; חלל; God; oath formula

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