[b-hebrew] Canaanite List

David Kummerow farmerjoeblo at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 3 05:33:45 EST 2007

HiphiList is also an academic forum pertaining to BH but more restricted 
in scope with two main areas of discussion: 1) literary approaches to 
the Old Testament; and 2) functional-typological study of Biblical 
Hebrew. The forum is basically the 'forum' side to the journal Hiphil 


David Kummerow.

> Dear all,
> Recently some discussions have taken place (again) on the list regarding
> the content of some other discussions on the list.  One very respected
> member suggested he might leave under various conditions.  I believe there
> is indeed a need for a moderated list that deals with subject matters 
> related
> to the subject matters dealt with on this list.  Until recently, there 
> was a
> discussion forum Miqra, although it too had rather permissive moderation,
> and more problematically, had a very inconvenient user interface.  I 
> believe
> there is a need for an academic list where Biblical Hebrew is a primary
> topic of discussion.  I also believe, that while this list does not, and 
> was
> never meant to fulfill that goal, this list also has its place and
> fulfills a need
> of the readers.  Since, however, no reasonable academic venue was available
> today for the discussion of Biblical Hebrew, I decided to take up the task
> myself.
> I created Canaanite! (So the list-server told me).  A discussion group for
> the Canaanite family of languages, which includes Phoenician and its
> later dialect, Ugaritic, Amarna Canaanite, and... Biblical Hebrew!  The
> scope is much wider than the scope of this list, both temporally and
> linguistically.  There are various reasons for this: 1) There already is an
> Aramaic list (formed, curiously enough, to provide an Aramaic equivalent
> for this list, although it is academically oriented and moderated), and
> Canaanite will therefore cover the other major subfamily of languages
> in Northwest Semitic, not covered by Aramaic.  2) While I suppose many
> discussions will focus on the Bible and Hebrew, I think it would be very
> nice if there would also be equal or even less than equal but noticeable
> focus on other related languages -- everyone would benefit.  3) Because
> the list is academically oriented, the scope is already more limited than
> B-Hebrew, and hence I feel it would be wise to initially focus on a wider
> scope.  If we do find that discussions of all Canaanite languages and
> literatures together are too much even in an academically oriented list,
> the list could always form spin-offs of its own.
> Please recognize that Canaanite is not meant to replace B-Hebrew.  The
> two are different venues for discussion of related matters, and there are
> important contrasts in both nature and scope between the two.  Having
> said that, everyone is invited to join!  You can do so with this link:
> http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/canaanite/join
> Also, if any scholars in relevant fields would like to take part in 
> moderation
> of the list, and feel they have the time and resources to do so, please
> feel free to contact me privately in that regard.
> Best,
> Yitzhak Sapir
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/canaanite
> P.S. I do not intend to unsubscribe from B-Hebrew or to stop responding
> to posts on this list.

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