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So-Called Po'El-Forms In Isaiah And Elsewhere

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In this chapter, the hitherto mysterious 'po'el' will serve as a case in point. Although it firmly belongs to the study of Hebrew from medieval times onwards, no comprehensive analysis in the light of recent research has been undertaken for more than six decades. Any contribution to the Hebrew po'el-stem sensibly departs from its alleged sister category, that is, the polel. The standard grammars, dictionaries, and commentaries in general sub- sumeafairlyconsistentlistofexamplesunderthelabelpo'el.Admittedly, many authors voice doubts about individual passages, but the existence of the respective category as such is hardly ever contested. A survey of the evidence thus indicates that there is no reason to postulate a productive po'el-pattern with a distinctive meaning in harmony with the Arabic third stem. Potential examples are extremely few, affected by textual difficulties, confined to poetic compositions, and in no case indicative of the 'participative' or 'conative' nuance characteristic for the respective pattern in Arabic.

Keywords:Hebrew po'el-stem; po'el-pattern; polel



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