With my limited understanding of dikduk I don't know what the significance of the
־ symbol is. Maybe it indicates that two word should be read together? I know grammatically it turns an
אֵ֖ת to an
אֶת. With that introduction, I'm curious about an inconsistency I noticed.
When Hashem promised Avraham a land for his descendants, He says (Bereishis 15:19-21)
אֶת־הַקֵּינִי֙ וְאֶת־הַקְּנִזִּ֔י וְאֵ֖ת הַקַּדְמֹנִֽי׃
the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites,
וְאֶת־הַחִתִּ֥י וְאֶת־הַפְּרִזִּ֖י וְאֶת־הָרְפָאִֽים׃
the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim,
וְאֶת־הָֽאֱמֹרִי֙ וְאֶת־הַֽכְּנַעֲנִ֔י וְאֶת־הַגִּרְגָּשִׁ֖י וְאֶת־הַיְבוּסִֽי׃ (ס)
the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”
Only the Kadmonites are lacking a
־ symbol (thus making it
וְאֵ֖ת). Are there any meforshim that explain why they were singled out?