[b-hebrew] Genesis 20: 1

biblical hebrew jcr.bhebrew at gmail.com
Sun Oct 14 06:26:24 EDT 2007


Dear Admin,

In the interests of keeping the level of discussion as pleasant as possible
for all, can something please be done about the series of unnecessary racist
comments that have recently entered into an otherwise interesting linguistic
discussion. I don't know about other list members but I personally feel that
these comments do little to enrich discussion but much to offend a large
group of people and also do much in lowering the international image of our
list.

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James Christian Read - BSc Computer Science
http://www.lamie.org/hebrew       Thesis 1 - Aleppo codex machine translation
http://www.lamie.org/lad-sim.doc  Thesis 2 - language acquisition simulation


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On 10/14/07, Shoshanna Walker <rosewalk at concentric.net> wrote:
>
> 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.
>
> Shoshanan
>
>
>
>
> 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:
> http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=7&letter=I
>
> 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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