[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? 
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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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