A Re-examination of Homonymic and Polysemic Roots

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This paper re-examines the classification of two roots from the book of Ben Sira that are defined as homonymic and polysemic, respectively. The re-examination is carried out in light of a novel principle suggested by Prof. Chaim Cohen. The examination of the roots in Ben Sira includes a comparison with biblical evidence. In some cases, the re-examination supports the generally accepted classification, while in others it is shown that a re-classification is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-55
Number of pages10
JournalReview of Rabbinic Judaism
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Ben Sira
  • Hebrew Bible
  • Homonymic roots
  • Polysemic roots

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Religious studies


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