[b-hebrew] b-hebrew Digest, Vol 83, Issue 16

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Mon Nov 23 06:29:40 EST 2009


I noticed that some, by no means all, of the BGD KPT letters were hard in
Galilean accent, e.g. Ναζερετ, Καπερναυμ, Ματθαιον, while Καπερναυμ had no
Judean equivalent, Ναζερεθ and Μαθθαιον are found in the Alexandrian
tradition texts.

>From examples like these, I suspect that the Galilean accent had slightly
fewer soft pronunciations for BGD KPT letters than did Judean accent, but
that it was noticeable to first century speakers.

I first noticed this because I believe that the Hebrew letters originally
had only one pronunciation each letter. The reason the BGD KPT and Sin/Shin
have more than one pronunciation is because of the influence of Aramaic and
other languages on the pronunciation of Hebrew. Thus these represent late
pronunciations that are not original to Biblical Hebrew.

Karl W. Randolph.

On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 12:57 AM, Sesamo m. <sesamox at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Karl and all,
> > As far as how accurately we know it, to me it appears that the Byzantine
> > tradition may reflect the oldest and most accurate texts, in other words,
> > more accurate copies. One reason I say that is because in the Gospels, it
> > appears to reflect even slight dialectal differences in its transcribed
> > names between Judea and Galilee, distinctions lost in Sinaiticus,
> Vaticanus
> > and similar texts.
> I didn't know this and find it very interesting. Could you please provide
> some examples of these names with dialectal differences?
> Thanks,
> Sergio Saavedra, Madrid

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