[b-hebrew] Genesis 20: 1

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at concentric.net
Sat Oct 13 21:44:53 EDT 2007

That is all very nice, but the Torah, which existed prior to 
Creation, is independent of arabic.

If there are any similarities, the Torah was the original basis, and 
the arabs took from there, what they wanted, just as they are trying 
to do today.


Why don't you start finding out by reading some of the works of the early
grammarians of Hebrew?  You can start with Saadiah Gaon's "Book of the
pure Hebrew language" (Kita:b fasi:x lug'at al-(ibra:niyyah), and find out?

But make sure also to read Ibn Barun's work, "Book of comparison between
the Hebrew and Arabic language" ("Kita:b al-muwa:zanah bayn al-lug'ah al-
(ibra:niyyah wa-l-(arabiyyah") about whom you can read here:

More seriously, Arabic and Ancient Hebrew are related languages.
They both developed out of a language called Central Semitic.  The
significant innovation of Central Semitic is the leveling of the suffix -t
for the verbal suffixes (as in "katavti", whereas previously the first
person suffix was -ku like "anoki").  Anyone who learns even a little
about Arabic will see the significant relationship between both Hebrew
and Arabic.  For example, compare above the Arabic word "Kita:b" =
book, and the Hebrew root KTB.  "bayn" with Hebrew "ben" = between.
muwa:zanah with Hebrew M)ZNYM "balances".

Yitzhak Sapir
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