[b-hebrew] DWD or DWYD, YHDH or YHWDH

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Jun 26 20:23:15 EDT 2004


Thanks Patrina, I remember seeing that, but I guess it didn't sink in. So
the question is, why is the Tanakh so consistant about the longer spelling,
when we now KNOW that the short spelling was perfectly acceptable in the
late 8th century? Probably because very little of the biblical text was
written in the form in which we have it that early. And by the time it was,
the accepetd spelling was YHWDH.

Think of the name "Zebulun". It's spelled ZBWLN - never (as far as I
remember) ZBLWN, ZBLN or ZBWLWN.

Yigal
----- Original Message -----
From: "Patrina" <patrina at bestmail.us>
To: "b-hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, June 27, 2004 1:12 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] DWD or DWYD, YHDH or YHWDH


> Dear Yigdal
>
> Hezekiah's seals were featured in Biblical Archaeology Review
> Volume 28, Number 4, July/August 2002, Pp 42-51, 60 and can be found in
> a web article at:
>
> http://rd.archaeological-center.com/articles/13.shtml
>
> There are several pics of the seals there, all showing a spelling of
> YHDH in paleo-hebrew between the wingtips of the scarab. If the verbal
> root originally included a waw as suggested by HH, it would seem strange
> to have dropped out during the time of Hezekiah extra-biblically, or to
> have been spelled with a mater in the formal anals of his reign (and
> priestly records such as the biblical texts) but not on official seals?
>
> I've been thinking about the spelling issue for quite a while, because
> it impacts on dating of all the texts containing the word YHWDH.
>
> Patrina Nuske Small
> Adelaide, South Australia
>
> On Sun, 27 Jun 2004 00:30:47 +0200, "Yigal Levin"
> <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il> said:
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Patrina" <patrina at bestmail.us>
> > > Regarding the use of maters as vowel indicators, I'm a little puzzled
> > > that the spelling of Judah throughout the Tanach is always YHWDH with
a
> > > mater waw (as far as I know... maybe I'm mistaken?).  Hezekiah's seals
> > > spell Judah as YHDH (without a mater) around 7th century BCE.
> >
> > Dear Patrina,
> >
> > They may have slipped my memory, but what seals are you referring to?
The
> > only set of seals (actually stamp impressions) attributed to Hezekiah
> > that I
> > know of are the LMLK ("of the king") stamps, which include the names of
> > four
> > cities - HBRN (Hebron), SKH (Sochoh), ZYP (Ziph, with a Yod, BTW) and
> > MM$T
> > (there are various theories about that one), but none mention the name
> > YHWDH.
> >
> > Yigal
> >
> >
> >
> > If there
> > > were at least a few spellings of YHDH dotted throughout the
Pentateuch,
> > > Prophets and Writings as well as YHWDH, it would seem reasonable to
> > > suggest that the defective spellings were older occurences, or that
full
> > > spellings represent later redaction as with the DWD and DWYD
examples...
> > >  it just seems unlikely to me that later redaction would have been
100%
> > > thorough?!
> > >
> > > Patrina Nuske Small
> > > Adelaide, South Australia
> > >
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