[b-hebrew] logograms--an ode to Hebrew

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at umich.edu
Thu Dec 23 12:08:08 EST 2004

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter Kirk [mailto:peterkirk at qaya.org]
> Sent: Thursday, December 23, 2004 11:41 AM
> To: Lisbeth S. Fried
> Cc: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] logograms--an ode to Hebrew
> On 23/12/2004 16:29, Lisbeth S. Fried wrote:
> >...
> >Third, Derida says that the written word preceded the spoken. I never
> >understood this tho, but maybe you do.
> >
> >
> Does he really say this? Even though all the evidence and every linguist
> says precisely the opposite? Does he really mean that all the tribal
> peoples who had no concept of writing until recent western contact, but
> who could all speak perfectly well, had once been literate but had
> entirely forgotten about writing?
> Or is he speaking in some kind of riddle?

Hi Peter,
I think he was reacting against GJohn 1:1 and giving priority to
the torah as written word rather than as in GJohn 1:1 which (I think)
gives priority to the spoken word.
But I really have no idea. And if Derrida hadn't been Jewish, I wouldn't
have thought of this at all.
I don't remember the context in which I read this either. 
lizfried at umich.edu
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