Dual Personal Pronouns and Dual Verbs in Hebrew

  title={Dual Personal Pronouns and Dual Verbs in Hebrew},
  author={Gary A. Rendsburg},
  journal={The Jewish Quarterly Review},
ALTHOUGH SABATINO MOSCATI'S work on comparative Semitics reckons with the existence of dual personal pronouns in Semitic,' by adducing evidence only from Arabic and Ugaritic, it leaves the reader with the impression that the other languages did not admit such forms. Egyptian is excluded from Moscati's work (as it generally is from comparative Semitics discussions), although Egyptian uses dual forms extensively.2 In recent years Robert Whiting has shown that Akkadian also uses dual personal… Expand
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Late Biblical Hebrew and the Date of 'P'
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with the person pronoun indicator prefixed to the verbal root. The corresponding form is t sdm-f construction (cf
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He partially bases his argument on the above pronouns being third person feminine plurals ending in mem instead of This content downloaded from on Fri
  • Although duals were used as late as the time of Ben Sira, such a high concentration of dual forms points to an early composition of the entire Pentateuch
Similar examples could be cited for the verbs. The conclusion to be reached is that Biblical Hebrew, no matter how many duals are attested
    The extensive use of the dual in Ugaritic ... leads one to suppose that Hebrew employed the dua more widely than is customarily admitted