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

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Mon Jun 28 02:04:22 EDT 2004

This would seem to suggest that the variant spelling was just that, an 
optional variant spelling, rather than indicating anything about relative 
dating of texts.

On Sunday 27 June 2004 15:48, Uri Hurwitz wrote:
>     Other interresting extra-biblical evidence bearing direrctly on this
> can be found in   the many seal impressions (bullae) from the time of the
> Persian rule. Judea was then a province or satrapy  whose name was written
> in Hebrew letters as either YHD, without the Waw or YHWD,with the Waw! An
> earlier inscriptional mention occurs in Arad ostracon no.40, where the name
> appears with a Waw: "....MLK YHWD[H]...". This is dated to shortly before
> the end of the Judean kingdom. Uri
> Patrina <patrina at bestmail.us> wrote:
> 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
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