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

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Tue Jun 22 06:10:21 EDT 2004


On 21/06/2004 18:09, Trevor Peterson wrote:

> Peter Kirk wrote:
>
>> Now I don't take BDB as the top authority on Akkadian (and it doesn't 
>> mention Ugaritic because it is too old - but it is what I have to 
>> hand), but it seems to suggest that mû and šamû are regular singular 
>> nouns which also have plural forms. Have I misunderstood BDB? Or is 
>> it wrong?
>
>
> I'd have to say you've understood correctly, but it's wrong. The study 
> of Akkadian has come a long way in the past century, so I wouldn't go 
> too hard on BDB. I'm not familiar enough with the history of the 
> discipline to know exactly how things have changed since then; what I 
> do know is that muu is nominative plural in form and mee is oblique 
> plural. The difference is one of case; all attested forms of these two 
> words look plural in number. I can cite sources on that if you like.
>
>
Thank you, and also to Mick, for the clarification. Well, the 
implication seems to stand that these words were plural in form in 
proto-Semitic.

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