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#1 Thomas

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 02:42 PM

Try this: Search for the phrase ‏עַבְדוֹהִי דִי־אֱלָהּ in the BHS-W4 module (excluding vowels/niqudot).
Attempts made (with quotes) that return no results:
"עבד* די אלה"
"עבדו* די אלה"
"עבד* אלה" which unfortunately ignores the די al together

None of these will return the "עבדוהי די אלה" phrase that occurs in Ezra 5:11, which after clumsier searching I finally stumbled on to. What is missing from the above queries?

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:26 PM

Thomas, the ‏‏הי suffix at the end of ‏‏ עבדוhas been tagged as a separate word. You need a second wildcard to account for this: "‏‏עבד* * די אלה"

"‏‏עבדו * די אלה" would also work, which is identical to your second search, just with a space before the wildcard.

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