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uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 12 13:15:52 EST 2006
Yigal Levin asked: ....[ is there a difference....] "between
"ani" and "anokhi"? Are they used in different genres,
are they preferred by different literary sources? "...
Well, according to Th. Meek in his undeservedly
forgotten "Hebrew Origins", they represent usages in different
Semitic dialects and linguistic branches. For instance,
Phoenician and Punic use included only Anokhi (check in KAI),
whereas Arabic uses Ana , that is the equivavlent of Ani.
On the other hand, inscriptional evidence in Aramaic presents
the two forms, and so does Ugaritic, if memory serves. If so,
this is another linguistic feature it shares with Heb.
"Hebrew Origins" by Meek -- the translator of Hammurabi's
Code in ANET --deservs to be reprinted ; some of
his insights, both linguistic and historical,did not lose
their validity in the two generations since the third edition
appeared. See his discussion of the Levites, for
Jack Sasoon paid him homage by using the same title
for his recent excellent book dealing mainly with historical
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