Double object constructions in DSS hebrew: The case of Ntn

Femke Siebesma-Mannens*

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In this article an overview is given of the verbal valence patterns of the verb in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Four patterns are distinguished for this verb: 1. + OBJECT to produce; 2. + OBJECT + RECIPIENT to give to; 3. + OBJECT + LOCATION to place; 4. + OBJECT + 2ND OBJECT tomake into. All occurrences of the verb in the DSS corpus used, consisting of 1QHa, 1QS, 1QM, and 1QpHab, are discussed and divided into one of these patterns. This study shows that pattern 3 occurs most, followed by pattern 2, and that it can be argued that pattern 1 and 4 also occur in our DSS corpus, though the evidence is scarce. In some cases, translations, differing from the translations in the editions of the texts, are proposed that better reflect the verbal valence patterns used in the clause.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-391
Number of pages20
JournalDead Sea Discoveries
Issue number3
Early online date12 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


  • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Ntn
  • Qumran Hebrew
  • Verbal valence patterns


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