According to Larry, some constructs function with 2 forms. He will look into 
your question for further examples.

On Apr 5, 2018 6:11 PM, Barry Walfish <> wrote:
The simple answer is that the Tanakh doesn't always follow the rules of 
grammar, which were formulated hundreds of years later. For sacred texts, oral 
tradition overrules grammatical precision.

Hag sameah, everyone,


From: Heb-naco [] on 
behalf of Heidi G Lerner []
Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2018 3:32 PM
To: heb-naco
Subject: [Heb-NACO] grammar question

Hi all,

I am chanting chapters 5-8 of Shir ha-shirim this coming Shabat.

I have a grammar question.

The text in Shir ha-shirim has "אַשְׁקְךָ֙ מִיַּ֣יִן הָרֶ֔קַח"

My question is why is there a pataḥ under the first yud instead of a tsere.

I have checked several different editions of the Tanakh as well as 

According to Even-Shoshan and Luaḣ ha-Shemot יין  in סמיכות would have a 
"tsere" under the 1st yud.

Thanks, Heidi

Heidi G. Lerner

Metadata Librarian for Hebraica and Judaica

Metadata Dept.

Stanford University Libraries

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