[b-hebrew] yamim or yamin?

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Fri Jul 11 08:14:34 EDT 2008


Of course M and N "interchange" in Hebrew. HEM and HEN are both  
'they'. Thus, YAMIM = YOM-HEM and YAMIN = YOM - HEN.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Jul 10, 2008, at 9:16 AM, Bryan Cox wrote:

> A 'newly discovered' ancient text nicknamed 'Gabriel's Vision' or  
> 'Gabriel's Revelation' is currently grabbing headlines.  Its  
> controversial nature lies in the phrase l'shloshet yamin, or 'in  
> three days'.
> My question is about the 'nun'.  Searching the text of the Hebrew  
> Bible, I only ever find 'yamim' (ending in a 'mem').  Where does  
> the word 'days' end in a 'nun' as in 'yamin'?
> Aramaic has a 'yamin', ending in 'nun', but if the 'new' text is  
> written in Aramaic, I would expect the 'three' to also be written  
> in Aramaic as 'thalatha' (or somewhat similar transliteration).
> My suspicion is that during the time period in question, 1st  
> century BCE, 'mem' and 'nun' were often interchanged in texts, at  
> least I believe I may have read something along these lines about  
> the Dead Sea Scrolls.
> Is this suspicion correct, or could 'yamin' actually be the word  
> 'right' or is there something odd here?
> Thanks much for any clarification!
> Bryan Cox
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