[b-hebrew] re: exodus, dating of linguistics

Jonathan D. Safren yonsaf at beitberl.ac.il
Sat May 29 13:47:09 EDT 2004

In support of Julie's point, let me point out that in the Balaam Plaster
Inscription from Deir 'Ala, the word $dyn (=Shaddayin) appears as a general
noun denoting a generality (perhaps a specific type?) of gods and not one
particular god. This may indicate that the god Shaddai was no longer (or
never?) worshipped by the pepole there at that time.
Jonathan D. Safren, Editor
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Julie Devall" <krena_li_mara at hotmail.com>
To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, May 29, 2004 5:50 PM
Subject: [b-hebrew] re: exodus, dating of linguistics

> May I add to Jonathan's point that Shaddai names are attested across the
> during the late bronze age, but fade out of use.  If I may borrow a
> sort of reasoning YHWH connotes the Merciful God, but the use of Shaddai
> within later writings (Ruth, Joel) in conjunction with the verb shadad,
> points to the severe side of God.
> cheers,
> Julie :)
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