[b-hebrew] paleo Hebrew / modern Hebrew

Kevin Riley klriley at alphalink.com.au
Wed Oct 24 23:52:02 EDT 2007

Surely a shorter route would be to go straight from the current Hebrew to
musical notation?  The intervening step of using Old Hebrew letters seems
superfluous, as it would be easier simply to map final letters to the same
note as the non-final form.  The more difficult issue is that of matres, as
no one is sure in every case which represent historical [i.e. Classical
Hebrew, not Proto-Hebrew or earlier] consonants and which don't
Kevin Riley
-------Original Message------- 
From: Yitzhak Sapir 
Date: 25/10/2007 1:35:58 PM 
To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org 
Subject: Re: [b-Hebrew] paleo Hebrew / modern Hebrew 
On 10/24/07, Jean Amodea wrote: 
> I am working on a project translating (for lack of a better word) the
> Hebrew biblical text of Genesis into paleo Hebrew (minus the extra final 
> letters) then assigning a musical note to each paleo letter.I create a
> sheet from the Genesis verses. 
It was suggested to me in private that the "minus the extra final 
Letters" meant 
The final forms of the letters mncpk, and this makes more sense than my 
Original understanding of final letters as final matres lectionis. However,
Am unsure what using an Old Hebrew script would do to achieve an "aural 
Representation" of the Biblical text. Nevertheless, taking the text as is, 
And simply replacing the script is a simple matter, although it should 
Be clear that this still does not get you a pre-exilic text. 
Yitzhak Sapir 

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