[b-hebrew] Isaiah 53:8 lamo

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Mon Dec 20 12:27:55 EST 2004

On 20/12/2004 16:53, Uri Hurwitz wrote:

> */Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org>/* wrote:
> > ...
> >
> "...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");

Which proves my point: even within a language with triliteral roots 
there can be significant semantic shift.

>  B. In both languages the original meaning was probably 
> "completeleness, fullness"; (again you'll find examples in both 
> languages).

Again this proves my point: the etymological or "original" meaning is 
not a good guide to current meaning.

Peter Kirk
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