[b-hebrew] Review of Alter's Translation

Ken Penner pennerkm at mcmaster.ca
Wed Oct 27 13:10:09 EDT 2004


> (The vernacular vocabulary, according to the Spanish Hebrew 
> scholar Angel 
> Sáenz-Badillos, must have exceeded the Bible’s—a lexicon “so 
> restricted 
> that it is hard to believe it could have served all the purposes of 
> quotidian existence in a highly developed society.”)
> 
> Is the vocabulary too restricted for daily life in 6-th 
> century BCE?

My favorite example: there is no word in the Bible for "tickle"!

Ken Penner
McMaster/Hebrew




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