[b-hebrew] Yom in Biblical and Rabbinic Texts

Peter Kirk peter at qaya.org
Thu Oct 27 18:04:36 EDT 2005

On 27/10/2005 22:41, Read, James C wrote:

>A week being seven days and the seventh day being the 'shabath' 
>etymologically linked to the number 7 which comes from the verb 
>'to rest' as you already know.
Actually I know that this is not true. There are two different Hebrew 
roots here, $B( (that's ayin at the end) "seven" and $BT "cease, rest". 
Both are common Semitic roots and so far more ancient than Hebrew. It is 
just possible that they have a connection in the remote prehistory of 
Semitic languages, but I won't go into the implications of this. Anyway, 
that connection would not be the derivation of "seven" from "rest", 
although just possibly vice versa.

Peter Kirk
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