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A New Excerpt from Ḥayyuj's "Kitab al-Nutaf" / מובאה חדשה מתוך כתאב אלנתף לר' יהודה חיוג'
שמעון שטובר and Shimon Shtober
Lĕšonénu: A Journal for the Study of the Hebrew Language and Cognate Subjects / לשוננו: כתב-עת לחקר הלשון העברית והתחומים הסמוכים לה
Vol. עא, No. ג/ד (אלול התשס"ט), pp. 309-314
Published by: Academy of the Hebrew Language
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24327852
Page Count: 6
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Ms. British Library Or. 2388 contains a commentary on Second Samuel written by the eleventh-century exegete, Rabbi Isaac b. Samuel the Spaniard. This commentary draws heavily on the writings of the early Andalusian grammarians, first and foremost Judah Ḥayyuj's Kitab al-Nutaf. In the process of preparing a critical edition of Rabbi Isaac's exegetical work, I discovered a previously unpublished excerpt from Ḥayyuj's al-Nutaf. The excerpt from Ḥayyuj's book dealt with here refers to the possessive compound ונעים זמירות ישראל, the concluding phrase of 2 Sam. 23:1. The prominent Andalusian grammarian interpreted this phrase in a unique fashion and identified it with the God of Israel, whereas all other commentators concluded that it alludes to King David, "the sweet singer of Israel".
Lĕšonénu: A Journal for the Study of the Hebrew Language and Cognate Subjects / לשוננו: כתב-עת לחקר הלשון העברית והתחומים הסמוכים לה © 2009 Academy of the Hebrew Language