[b-hebrew] dating of matres lectionis
B. M. Rocine
brocine at twcny.rr.com
Wed Jul 27 12:51:45 EDT 2005
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I am not an avid reader about the Mesha Stele, but according to the
Anchor Bible Dictionary, the consensus is that the language of the stele
is NW Semitic albeit with 3rd person suffixes of Aramaic. It certainly
reads like Hebrew to me.
I wonder if SL Gogel, A Grammar of Epigraphic Hebrew,
SBLRBS 23 (Atlanta: Scholars, 1998) comments on the Mesha Stele.
Bearpecs at aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 7/27/2005 8:57:08 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> brocine at twcny.rr.com writes:
> Will you count the 3. m. s. pronominal suffixes as final he maters?
> Cross & Freedman thought that Moabite could just as likely be more like
> Aramaic than Hebrew and have 3ms suffixes "eh" with consonantal heh.
> Is that still current thinking?
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