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

Will Parsons wbparsons at alum.mit.edu
Tue Jul 27 17:31:27 EDT 2010

On Tue, 27 Jul 2010 05:45:30 +0200, "Arnaud Fournet" <fournet.arnaud at wanadoo.fr> wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Will Parsons" <wbparsons at alum.mit.edu>
> To: <klriley at alphalink.com.au>
> Cc: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Monday, July 26, 2010 10:26 PM
> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Pharaoh Khepera'a in Jeremiah 44:30
> > On Mon, 26 Jul 2010 11:46:54 +1000, Kevin Riley <klriley at alphalink.com.au> wrote:
> >>  Egyptian kh could not be represented by Greek X until after it had changed
> >>  from an aspirated stop to a fricative.
> >
> > This is contradicted by the rendering of the Old Kingdom Pharaoh known in
> > English as Khufu in Greek as Χέοψ/Cheops.  Both Cheops and Apries are found
> > in Herodotus, so why there would be a difference in how Egyptian ḫ/kh is
> > rendered is not clear.
> ***
> Apries has aleph as initial, so there is no contradiction.

Please read more carefully!  The contradiction that I was referring to was
that the Greek transcription of Khufu by Cheops contradicts the claim that
X (chi) could not represent Egyptian kh until chi itself became a fricative.

> The point is Apries has nothing to do with kheper: it's from 'b râ =
> 'ab-ri"a.

It's possible, but it cannot be statedly dogmatically as a fact.

William Parsons

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