[b-hebrew] exodus, dating of linguistics

Jonathan D. Safren yonsaf at beitberl.ac.il
Sat May 29 11:08:44 EDT 2004

May I add to Uri Hurwitz's point on Yahwistic PNs the additional point that
the list of the tribal heads of the Israelites during the Exodus, according
to Num. 7, contains many names with the theophoric element "Shaddai"
(Zuri-Shaddai, Ammi-Shaddai, etc.), whereas such names are entirely absent
from biblical traditions on later periods.
I imagine that someone is going to come up with the convenient retort that
Num. 7 is a late Priestly tradition which is trying to fictionally
reconstruct an earlier period. But how often can you use this pretext to
avoid confronting the problem of the complex and diverse origins of the
Priestly traditions, many of which, according to Y. Kaufmann, M. Weinfeld.
A. Hurvitz and many others, may be quite early?
Jonathan D. Safren, Editor
Mo'ed - Annual for Jewish Studies
Center for Jewish Culture
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Uri Hurwitz" <uhurwitz at yahoo.com>
To: "Michael Abernathy" <mabernathy at isot.com>; <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, May 29, 2004 3:51 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] exodus, dating of linguistics

>   Dear Michael,
>    Only in personal names is there internal linguistic evidence in the HB
that something new started with the Moses narratives (Alt). I refer to the
Yahwist element in theophoric names, that is the component  yaho/ yo/yah ,
such as  Yokebed,(YWKBD) the mother of  Moses. This component is found
either in the beginning of the name as above or at the end cf. ELIYHW ,
>   Incidentally, this has nothing to do with the assumptions mentioned in
your first paragraph.
> Uri
> Michael Abernathy <mabernathy at isot.com> wrote:
> Just for the sake of discussion, I have a question for the group. Assuming
that the Exodus actually occurred as it is described in the Bible and that
it was recorded by someone about the time of Joshua, what linguistic
evidence would we expect to find in the Scriptures?
> I should think that the strongest evidence would be in those passages
which have been miscopied by a later scribe due to some change in the
language that obscurred the meaning.
> Has anyone detailed the differences in the Hebrew language from a
historical perspective?
> Sincerely,
> Michael Abernathy
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