[b-hebrew] Genesis 31: 47: What Foreign Language Is That?

Yitzhak Sapir yitzhaksapir at gmail.com
Mon Nov 19 09:10:45 EST 2007

On Nov 19, 2007 4:03 PM,  Jim Stinehart wrote:
> Yigal Levin wrote:  "The  various books of the Bible are written in the
> language of their
> intended  audience, with occasional reference to someone, usually a
> non-Israelite,  speaking strangely or in a foreign language, such as Laban's
> "yegar  sahaduta"…."
> What language is "yegar sahaduta" at Genesis 31: 47?
> Is it Hurrian?  Is it  Aramaic?  Are these Hurrian words  written in Aramaic?
>  Or is this  classic Aramaic, with no Hurrian influence?  Other possibilities
> might be Hittite,  Assyrian, or Akkadian.  Or are these  made up words, not
> from an actual foreign language?  These words clearly are intended to be
> non-Hebrew words.
> Any help anyone could give me on this would be greatly  appreciated.

It is Aramaic.  I doubt that there is 'Hurrian influence.'

Yitzhak Sapir

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