[b-hebrew] words with the same root letters
leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Mon Jan 10 01:09:04 EST 2011
Jim, since I don't know Hurrian I can't argue with you, but there is no reference to "Amorites" in EA 175, and what in the world does anything there have to do with Hazazon-Tamar?
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Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] words with the same root letters
Isaac Fried wrote: “TMR, of which we have the tree name TAMAR.”
But the Amorites did not necessarily live at places with west Semitic names. Per Amarna Letter EA 175, the Amorites also lived in the Beqa Valley, which at the time was dominated by Hurrians. So TMR in XCC-N TMR at Genesis 14: 7 is not necessarily a west Semitic word referring to a palm tree. TMR is the Hebrew rendering of the Hurrian word for “nine”: tam-ri. XCC is the Hebrew rendering of the Hurrian word for “wisdom”: xa-tsi-tsi. And -N is the Hebrew rendering of the Hurrian word for “the”, namely -ni, which is a suffix in Hurrian. So XCC-N TMR at Genesis 14: 7 is the Hebrew rendering of “Wisdom-the Nine” in Hurrian. The only three numbers we have from the Hurrian primeval myths are (i) nine, (ii) nine, and (iii) nine thousand, so the name “Wisdom-the Nine” makes perfect sense in Hurrian. The Akkadian equivalent of “wisdom” is xa-si-su; Akkadian for “wise” is xas-su. The abbreviated Akkadian version of XCC-N TMR/xa-tsi-tsi-ni tamri is simply Xasi. That’s spelled Hasi in English, and is where Amorites lived in the Hurrian-dominated north-central Beqa Valley, per Amarna Letter EA 175.
The p-i-n-p-o-i-n-t historical accuracy of the Patriarchal narratives in a mid-14th century BCE historical context is truly amazing.
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