Communities

Writing
Writing
Codidact Meta
Codidact Meta
The Great Outdoors
The Great Outdoors
Photography & Video
Photography & Video
Scientific Speculation
Scientific Speculation
Cooking
Cooking
Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Judaism
Judaism
Languages & Linguistics
Languages & Linguistics
Software Development
Software Development
Mathematics
Mathematics
Christianity
Christianity
Code Golf
Code Golf
Music
Music
Physics
Physics
Linux Systems
Linux Systems
Power Users
Power Users
Tabletop RPGs
Tabletop RPGs
tag:snake search within a tag
answers:0 unanswered questions
user:xxxx search by author id
score:0.5 posts with 0.5+ score
"snake oil" exact phrase
votes:4 posts with 4+ votes
created:<1w created < 1 week ago
post_type:xxxx type of post
Search help
Notifications
Mark all as read
Q&A

What's the difference between רָדַף אֶת and רָדַף אַחֲרֵי?

+3
−0

The kal verb רדף, "chase", appears many times in Tanach. But the preposition that follows it, to mark the object of the verb, varies:

  • Sometimes it's a direct object: it's marked either with no preposition at all, with אֶת, or with a direct-object suffix. Examples: וְרָדְפוּ מִכֶּם חֲמִשָּׁה מֵאָה in Leviticus 26:8, וּרְדַפְתֶּם אֶת אֹיְבֵיכֶם in Leviticus 26:7, and וַיִּרְדְּפֵם in Genesis 14:15.
  • Sometimes the preposition is אַחֲרֵי. Examples: וַיִּרְדְּפוּ מִצְרַיִם אַחֲרֵיהֶם in Exodus 14:9 and וְהָאֲנָשִׁים רָדְפוּ אַֽחֲרֵיהֶם in Joshua 2:7.

Is there a difference in meaning between these two uses of רדף, and, if so, what is it? If not, what reasons are given for its being written sometimes one way and sometimes the other? (That latter question is particularly about the Pentateuch; in later books, I can better understand that each prophet has his own style or that the context requires one way or the other for poetic or similar reasons.)

Why does this post require moderator attention?
You might want to add some details to your flag.
Why should this post be closed?

1 comment thread

General comments (2 comments)

0 answers

Sign up to answer this question »

Like any library, this site offers tons of great information, but does not offer personalized, professional advice, and does not take the place of seeking such advice from your rabbi.

This community is part of the Codidact network. We have other communities too — take a look!

You can also join us in chat!

Want to advertise this community? Use our templates!

Like what we're doing? Support us! Donate