from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. See Table at alphabet.
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- n. The tenth letter of many Semitic alphabets/abjads (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
- n. A tool used to read a torah.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the 10th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
The word for “beis”, as in “beth-yodh-tav”, is there point blank.
In the last word of the verse the second yodh is redundant.
Besides, the presence of the yodh may well be due to the formative ending mem, which is generally the sign of abstract nouns.
(written hi 'with waw rather than yodh for the feminine) is the first instance of this so-called Keri perpetuam and is a stylistic peculiarity of the author of the Pentateuch (so still Koenig) and not the result, of redactional activity (so most critics).
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