chapter  3
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Linguistic Case Studies

Any theory of the history of any language relies first and foremost on

data, and interpretation of data. Therefore we have presented a series of

mini case studies throughout Volume 1 in addition to the linguistically

commented text excerpts. In this chapter, we present an additional thir-

teen longer case studies, many of which present exhaustive sets of data

3.2. wOdyF )[email protected]'mi (‘Fill His Hand’)

In an earlier discussion we observed that Joosten considers wOdyF )[email protected]'mi (‘fill his hand’) an example of a ‘pseudo-classicism’, which he describes as a

post-EBH expression that resembles an earlier EBH one, but the later

expression has an element of error, showing false apprehension of the

earlier meaning, thus betraying incorrect analysis or interpretation

(Joosten 1999: 150-59; cf. Volume 1,, 4.2.2). He says:

A telling example from LBH is the use of the expression wdy )[email protected] in Chronicles, for example 1 Chr. 29:5 ´ yl Mwyh wdy t)lml bdntm ymw ‘who then will offer willingly, “filling his hand” today for the LORD?’. We

may assume that the words wdy t)lml constitute an idiomatic expression connected with the classical expression dy )[email protected] However, whereas in CBH [= EBH] the expression means ‘to induct into a priestly office’, in

Chronicles it clearly has a different meaning-–perhaps ‘to be generous’

as suggested by M. Paran. [*] It appears that the author of Chronicles

1. The data we discuss in this chapter were retrieved and verified to the extent

possible using a large number of resources, including the standard BH concordances,

lexica, and grammars, as well as many other specialised treatments. We have found

BibleWorks for Windows (version 7.0, 2007; to be a

here a ‘semantic [***] pseudo-classicism’ [****] (Joosten 1999: 152-53).