[b-hebrew] Pharaoh Khepera'a in Jeremiah 44:30

Arnaud Fournet fournet.arnaud at wanadoo.fr
Mon Jul 26 00:35:07 EDT 2010

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From: "Will Parsons" <wbparsons at alum.mit.edu>
To: <fournet.arnaud at wanadoo.fr>
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Sent: Sunday, July 25, 2010 8:40 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Pharaoh Khepera'a in Jeremiah 44:30

> On Sun, 25 Jul 2010 05:05:55 +0200, "Arnaud Fournet" 
> <fournet.arnaud at wanadoo.fr> wrote:

>> I have a problem with Khepera being compared with Hophra.
>> The pronunciation kh_p_r is archaic Egyptian. Coptic is palatalized sh_p
>> Archaic *khapar > Coptic shop
>> Phonetically something is wrong.
> What evidence is there that Egyptian ḫ/kh was pronounced [ʃ] at the time 
> of
> Jeremiah?  The time between "archaic" Egyption and Coptic stretches over a
> lo-o-o-ng time, and I'm unaware of any confusion between ḫ/kh and š/sh in
> classical Egyptian.

> William Parsons

Hieroglyphic Egyptian already has things like kh m m = sh m m "to be hot" 
which indicates that the tendency to palatalize is very old in the language.
As regards the verb kh p r I don't have an idea when it became palatalized.

Arnaud Fournet 

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