[b-hebrew] Yom in Biblical and Rabbinic Texts

Read, James C K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk
Thu Oct 27 18:14:13 EDT 2005


>Anyway, 
>that connection would not be the derivation of "seven" from "rest", 
>although just possibly vice versa.

Exactly!

The fact that this derivation is more ancient than the Mosaic period 
shows that this derivation is directly linked to the more ancient 
tradition that Yah rested on the seventh 'day' after his labours.

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Kirk [mailto:peter at qaya.org]
Sent: Thu 10/27/2005 11:04 PM
To: Read, James C
Cc: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Yom in Biblical and Rabbinic Texts
 
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.

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Peter Kirk
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