Assyrian Hebrew?

Numberup at Numberup at
Sat Aug 7 20:11:22 EDT 1999

Salaam alaykum!  Oops, wrong language.  The reasoning behind this appears
irrelevant.  The Hebrew Bible uses the "waw" or "vav" as both consonant and
vowel, and the Masoretic text vowel-points the word to read "shalom."

Solomon Landers
Memra Institute for Biblical Research

gs02wmr at panther.Gsu.EDU wrote:

> Shalum Achshaav!
> I was perusing a web page of a local cult in my area, and on one of their
> pages they make the claim that the word "Shalom" is really suppoed to be
> "Shalam." Their logic is as follows:
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> The word SHALAM means peace. The reason why we spell the word SHALAM
> with an "A" instead of an "O" (SHALOM), is because when you look at the
> Hebrew alphabet there is no "O". The using of the letter "O" is incorrect!
> This is how the word is written in the Ancient Hebrew(Shalam), and in the
> Assyrian Hebrew(ShAlAm). The Hebrew Israelites spoke and wrote in
> the ancient Hebrew dialect.
> The reason why so many of our records today are written in the Assyrian
> Hebrew, is due to, when we were in captivity under the Assyrian Empire.
> Read II Kings Chapter 17, verse 23 says, "Until the Lord removed Israel
> out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was
> Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day." In
> the process of time, as we were held captives by the Assyrians (for
> approximately 200 years), we began to speak and write in a different
> form/dialect of the ancient Hebrew language."
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> They give us 2 pictures, HEBREW1.GIF is supposed to be the original
> Biblical Hebrew alphabet, and HEBREW2.GIF is the "false" Assyrian Hebrew
> alphabet.
> So according to their logic, are they correct? Is the word "Shalom" really
> supposed to be pronounced "Shalam" ?
> Thank you.
> Wondell M. Rachman
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