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

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Mon Jul 26 15:39:19 EDT 2010


On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 12:04 AM, Arnaud Fournet
<fournet.arnaud at wanadoo.fr>wrote:

> Apparently the full name of that pharaoh is ḥ_ˁ_ˁ '_b r_ˁ  w_3_ḥ '_b r_ˁ
> '_b r_ˁ  with the vowels is 'ab riˁa "heart of Ra"
> Happy is Ra's heart, Stable is Ra's heart.
> That Ra was pronounced with the i_a scheme is proved by Akkadian and
> Hurrian.
> Tushratta wrote to Pharaoh Neb-maat-ra: ni-ib-mu-u-ri-a in cuneiform
> That part fits the Greek name fairly well Απριης/Apries (with extra -s and
> a > η)
> Hophra seems to be a bad rendition of ḥ_ˁ_ˁ '_b r_ˁ = ḥaˁˁ 'ab riˁa.
> Haˁaphriˁa is expected.
> Arnaud Fournet
> ***
> From the Hebrew spelling, the pronunciation that Jeremiah heard could very
well have been Kha-pe-ri’a that later got distorted to Khophra.

Karl W. Randolph.

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