[b-hebrew] Seir and El Paran

JimStinehart at aol.com JimStinehart at aol.com
Tue Dec 14 16:55:25 EST 2010

Dr. Fournet:

1.  $e-e-ir-ri at the Mitanni Letter IV: 115-118 is the same Hurrian word 
as $e-e-ri in Amarna Letter EA 288: 26.  Each of $e-e-ir-ri and $e-e-ri is 
close to Biblical $(-R or $(-YR.  Thus Genesis 14: 6 says that the 
XR-Y/Hurrians lived at a place with a Hurrian name:  $e-e-ir-ri/$e-e-ri/$(-R/$(-YR.
Your comments about the allegedly Akkadian origin of the Hurrian word for “
king” have no relevance to this discussion.  The point is that the Biblical 
word $(-R, which is presented as being the name of a place where 
Hurrians/XR-Y live, appears in the Mitanni Letter written in Hurrian.
2.  Likewise, your claim that “eli is not a Hurrian word but a borrowing 
from Akkadian” is also totally irrelevant.  What’s relevant is the fact that 
Genesis 14: 6 tells us that the XR-Y/Hurrians lived at )L P-)R-N, a Biblical 
name that matches beautifully to the following word [regardless of its 
ultimate origin] used by the Hurrians:  “eli pu-ur-ni”.
Jim Stinehart
Evanston, Illinois

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