[b-hebrew] Re: Genesis 1:6-7, 8:1, Waters Above and Below

Trevor Peterson 06PETERSON at cua.edu
Mon Jun 21 08:11:18 EDT 2004

>===== Original Message From Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org> =====
>Akkadian: shamu, mu
>Ugaritic: shamuma, my
>Phoenician: shmm, mym
>Achaemenid Aramaic: shmin, myn
>Syriac: shmayya, mayya
>Classical Arabic: sama', ma'
>Ge`ez (Ethiopic): samay, may
>Sabaean: shmy, mw
>Jibbali: sieh (with a nasalised e), mih
>Aramaic and Phoenician also show the plural suffix, but the other forms
>do not. This suggests that the innovation is a bit more widespread than
>just Hebrew, but still localised to a small part of NW Semitic.

The Akkadian and Ugaritic forms are also plural.

Trevor Peterson

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