The Dynamism of Desire

The Root ḥmd in Relation to the Root ʼwh

In: Vetus Testamentum
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  • 1 Department of Biblical Studies and Judaism, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Theology, Slovenia
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A corpus-based semantic analysis of verbal forms of the roots ʼwh and ḥmd indicates that, although the original distinction between the roots may have become somewhat blurred, a fairly consistent pattern is still discernible; it suggests that the verb form of the lexical root ʼwh refers to a desire that arises from basic human needs (hunger, thirst, etc.), whereas the verb form of the lexical root ḥmd denotes a desire that stems from greed.

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