[b-hebrew] Samaritan script/proto-hebrew

Heard, Christopher Christopher.Heard at pepperdine.edu
Sun Mar 20 21:06:44 EST 2005

Insofar as there are at least three people named Chris on this list, 
maybe it wouldn't hurt to add family names or initials or something? 

Chris (Heard) son of Robert son of Hubbard

On Mar 20, 2005, at 5:18 PM, Peter Kirk wrote:

> On 20/03/2005 21:18, Chris Weimer wrote:
>> > Yitzhak, I don't want to open up another long discussion on this 
>> issue.
>> > My rather quick reply to Chris was based more in the terms which 
>> I think
>> > he would understand i.e. taking the text of the book of Kings 
>> fairly
>> > literally. And I realise that this is not an entirely safe thing 
>> to do.
>> > Even in 2 Kings itself e.g. 23:15-20 there is evidence that the 
>> Samaria
>> > district was under the control of Jerusalem after the end of the
>> > northern kingdom.
>> Hold on a minute, how do you get that I take Kings historically? Let 
>> me clarify myself a bit, I was referring to the myriad Asherah and 
>> Baal inscriptions that the Yisrael was a polytheistic country, while 
>> the southern Yahwists didn't really exert their control until after 
>> the exile, and then not even right away (the number of deportees 
>> largely exaggerated). What are the latest inscriptions of other 
>> deities in the North.
> Chris Weimer, I was not referring to you but to Chris Watts(?) who 
> started this thread about Samaritan. Sorry for any confusion.
> ...
>> > This is perhaps a latest possible date for the split, but it is 
>> not an
>> > earliest one. There is no particular reason why the already 
>> separated
>> > Judeans and Samaritans could not have used the palaeo-Hebrew 
>> script in
>> > parallel from say the 5th to the 1st century BCE, at least for 
>> religious
>> > puposes to preserve the already centuries-old tradition. In fact 
>> it
>> > seems that the Judeans came to prefer the Aramaic-based Hebrew 
>> script at
>> > least towards the end of this period, perhaps simply because it 
>> was
>> > different from the Samaritans' preferred script.
>> Which is why I put it at the 3rd century, a reasonable time placement.
> Not when there is strong evidence that there was already a deep 
> (although not necessarily irreconcilable) split in the 6th-5th 
> century.
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R. Christopher Heard
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Pepperdine University
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