[b-hebrew] continuum of dialects

Uzi Silber uzisilber at gmail.com
Mon Jan 3 21:16:28 EST 2011


i believe -- and im not god fearing -- that based on all biblical and
archeological information available that hebrew was most certainly spoken in
Hevron and the the rest of the Hill country (Judea and Samaria) in 882 BCE.
not only that, hebrew dialects wwere spoken across the jordan river in Moav,
Edom and Amon as well.



On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 12:43 PM, fred burlingame <tensorpath at gmail.com>wrote:

> very interesting indeed;
>
> that faith, not fact, dictates whether hebrew, hurrian, hittite or some
> other language was spoken & written in hebron ... in 882 b.c.
>
> regards,
>
> fred burlingame
>
> On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 11:03 AM, K Randolph <kwrandolph at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Fred:
> >
> >  On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 8:20 AM, fred burlingame <tensorpath at gmail.com
> >wrote:
> >
> >>
> >> did biblical hebrew language form the sole language of the land, much as
> >> english represented the language of america circa 1840-1940?
> >>
> >> And if so, what time period was biblical hebrew language, the government
> >> language, the language of trade and commerce, the liturgical language,
> the
> >> language of street and home; the language of the lower and upper
> classes;
> >> the language north ... and the language south?
> >>
> >> regards,
> >>
> >> fred burlingame
> >>
> >
> > You are asking questions for which we have no proof in any answer that we
> > give.
> >
> > Because the ancient Hebrews came from a tradition of writing on materials
> > suitable for nomadic lifestyle, namely leather and later papyrus as well,
> > almost none of the original documents survived. We don’t even know how
> > widespread was the knowledge of writing. It was only through a fluke that
> > the Dead Sea Scrolls survived.
> >
> > Therefore, any answer given here will be according to the answerer’s
> > religion / philosophy / presuppositions without archaeological evidence
> to
> > back up the answers. Those who believe that Tanakh gives an accurate
> > history, will give a different answer from those who believe that Tanakh
> was
> > a late document, late in the history of Israel.
> >
> > Because all answers are religious, I will not go into the details at this
> > time.
> >
> > Karl W. Randolph.
> >
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-- 
Regards,
Uzi



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