Luz and Lud

George Athas gathas at
Mon Dec 6 16:00:13 EST 1999

> I can only give a secondary source, but Cyrus Gordon on p. 30 of
> the first fascicle of his Ugaritic Textbook gives a chart of various
> consonant-changes (or variations, if one prefers) among several
> semitic languages including Arabic, Ugaritic, Ethiopic, Hebrew,
> Aramaic and Akkadian (which he spells Accadian).  In the second
> column, soft d (d with an underscore in his transliteration pattern)
> is the same sound in Arabic and a couple of Ugaritic texts, hard d
> in Ugaritic and Aramaic but z in Ethiopic, Hebrew and Accadian as
> well as what he calls "Old Aramaic divergences."  See also the
> discussion on p. 26-27.  So there does seem to be some prima
> facie phonetic evidence for such a sound variation.  Beyond that, I
> can't say with any certainty.
> Dave Washburn

Yes, there certainly is the development in the orhtography of the consonantal sign of
soft-d between zayin and daleth in Aramaic. I'm just wandering whether we can apply this
development to the two names Luz and Lud in the Hebrew Bible. And if so, what does this
imply for the texts and their date?

Best regards,
George Athas
 Dept of Semitic Studies,
 University of Sydney
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