Jerusalem, neuter plural

Jonathan D. Safren yonsaf at
Mon Sep 6 03:06:05 EDT 1999

If, in Akkadian, Jerusalem is Urushalimmu, and in the LXX it is
Ierusalem, and in the MT the word generally appears without a yod, AND
moreover, if the GN is theophoric, containing the DN Shalem, we can
assume that the pronunciation Yerushalayim is a late development. How
late? Later than the stabilization of the MT consonantal text.
Jonathan D. Safren
Dept. of Biblical Studies
Beit Berl College
44905 Beit Berl Post Office

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