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Chapter Two: The Verb אמד

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Chapter Summary

The presence of אחד to mark DD in most biblical literature thus reflects a well-established written tradition. It is a word that levels all discourse to a single monochrome plane, a self-effacing verb whose commonality and ubiquity resist any special significance. A more careful analysis shows that some parts of the Hebrew Bible find it quite acceptable and even customary for אחד to stand unaccompanied by DO, while other biblical texts show a tendency to employ אחד only to mark DO. The book of Ruth is a work in which multiple sources are an unlikely proposition, yet the phenomenon appears twice. In Isaiah and Jeremiah, the words to be spoken are presumably to be spoken first at the distant day. Sometimes the Greek tradition will stand in monolithic contrast to the Hebrew text. A semantic development within West Semitic as described above easily accounts for its presence in these languages.

Keywords: direct discourse; DO; Isaiah; verb; West Semitic

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