[b-hebrew] Review of Alter's Translation

Uri Hurwitz uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 27 13:51:37 EDT 2004



Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org> wrote:
If the vocabulary is restricted, it is surely only because the subject 
matter is restricted. For eaxmple, there is no recorded word for "cat", 
but that is not because this word was somehow excluded from a restricted 
subset of Hebrew which biblical authors were permitted to use, it was 
simply because none of the biblical authors happened to need to refer to 
cats. If they had needed to refer to them, or to any other features of 
daily life which don't happen to be recorded in the Bible, they would 
surely have used the appropriate commonly used words."...

 Yes, and we have extra-biblical, arachaeological evidence of words that were in use and never appeared in BH texts.

  What comes to mind is the the term NS(.)P for a unit of weight. This is very familiar from the Arabic where it simply means "half", but in the excavated notated example  it is a larger fraction of the Shekel.

Uri



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