(Sansinna¯yw; Song of songs 7:9) and the palpal noun pattern

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The word (sansinna¯yw; Song 7:9) is a hapax legomenon, and there is no scholarly consensus about its meaning. It has been variously identified as denoting the branches of a date palm, clusters of dates, or the blossoms or the fruit of a date palm. The word sansinna¯yw belongs to the class of noun pattern termed palpal. This article maintains that some of the words of the palpal noun pattern share a common semantic characteristic. This characteristic enables one to determine the precise meaning of the word: a fruit-laden cluster of dates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)751-756
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biblical Literature
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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