How can I identify puns in the Hebrew Bible?

How can I identify puns in the Hebrew Bible?

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The Bible sometimes uses words with multiple meanings to the effect of an intentional pun or wordplay. Punning seems especially common in Hebrew. I think that being aware of these literary devices offers an important insight into the tone and nature of the Biblical text.

But for people who aren’t Hebrew speakers (or even those who are), how can I identify puns? And when a pun is identified, how can determine if the suggested double-meaning is plausible or implausible?

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