[b-hebrew] Isaiah 53:8 lamo

Uri Hurwitz uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 20 11:53:57 EST 2004



Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org> wrote:
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"...I can find a number of examples of semantic shift between cognates 
within the Semitic triliteral system. A simple one is "shalom" = "peace" 
(Hebrew) and "salaam" = "greetings" (Arabic). Semantically linked, of 
course, but the Arabic meaning is significantly weakened"....
 
   Two comments:
 
  A. In Arabic too the root can clearly mean peace;( look up under "salaam", but also "silm");
 
 B. In both languages the original meaning was probably "completeleness, fullness"; (again you'll find examples in both languages).
 
  Uri

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