[b-hebrew] A linguistic chain?
formoria at carolina.rr.com
Sat Jan 7 12:59:49 EST 2006
On Saturday, January 7, 2006, at 12:43 PM, Karl Randolph wrote:
> There was a NOVA program on TV that asked concerning the Lemda
> tribe in South Africa, and traced them back to a migration caused by
> the collapse of an irrigation dam in Yemen about 1000 AD, if my
> memory serves me correctly. As such, it was interesting, but well
> post Biblical times.
> Karl W. Randolph.
Well, as a dilettante, I am not in a position to make linguistic
pronouncements regarding this or any other issue. Yet, it strikes me as
very interesting that the Lemba call themselves Ba Senna (roughly
"children of Senna" I believe?), and we have the name "Abysinnia"
alternatively used for Ethiopia which is of uncertain origins.
Conti-Rossini identified an Arabian tribe called "Habashat" in the
inscriptions as the culture which immigrated to Ethiopia, bringing this
name "Habashat" with them. As I understand what I've read, the earliest
occurrence of the name "Habashat" in Ethiopia occurs in the 3rd century
So, rather than beat the dead horse that has become identifying the
"Habashat", we can take a look at this situation. We have Semitic
Africans in Ethiopia (the Qemant) who say their traditional home is
Sennar (a city not reflected in any known Ethiopian city). We also have
Semitic Africans in South Africa and Zimbabwe (the Lemba) who claim
genesis in an ancient Senna in SW Arabia. My question is can this be an
accident? Or is this anomaly best explained as these tribal groups
having a common root? What does the linguistics have to say about it?
R. Brian Roberts
Amateur Researcher in Biblical Archaeology
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