[b-hebrew] The islands

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Wed Jun 9 15:17:51 EDT 2004


Dear Vadim,

While I really have not decided whether )Iy primarily means "island" or
"coastland", using a "dictionary of living Hebrew" is problematic. There is
no doubt that in both Mishnaic and modern Hebrew, )Iy means "island".
However, this alone is no proof that that's what it meant in biblical
Hebrew.

By the way, does anyone have a guess about the word's etymology? Does it
appear in other Semitic languages?

Yigal


----- Original Message -----
From: "VC" <vadim_lv at center-tv.net>
To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 7:45 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] The islands


> I'm referring to the dictionaries of living Hebrew, like Shapiro or
> Steinberg, not a Tanakhic dictionary with speculative interpretations
> instead of the established meanings.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Vadim Cherny
>
> > >>>The translation of "coastland" is perfectly reasonable. However, can
we
> > >>>disregard the established meaning of the word and attach it the
sense,
> > >>>
> > >>>
> > >which
> > >
> > >
> > >>>we think suits it better? This approach can lead as far away.
> > >>>
> > >>>
> > >>HH: "Coastland" is a well-established meaning for the word.
> > >>
> > >>
> > >
> > >Not in the conventional Hebrew dictionaries
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > I'm not sure what dictionaries you consider "conventional", but one of
> > the best respected in English for nearly 100 years has been
> > Brown-Driver-Briggs, and its gloss is "coast, region". If that's too
> > modern for you, try Strong: "dry land, a coast, an island"; or Davidson:
> > "habitable earth or land, coast, sea-coast, island".
> >
> > --
> > Peter Kirk
> > peter at qaya.org (personal)
> > peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
> > http://www.qaya.org/
> >
> >
>
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