[b-hebrew] Early and late biblical Hebrew

Yigal Levin Yigal.Levin at biu.ac.il
Sun Nov 27 17:01:56 EST 2011

This passage in Zechariah envisions a future time in which Jerusalem will be so populous that its walls will no longer hold its population, and the city will thus be "perazot - unwalled". This use of perazot is quite common. Some scholars have speculated that the title "perizi", as one of the pre-Israelite Canaanite groups, thus refers to those who lived in unwalled towns (villages?). In fact, passages such as Deut. 3:5 seem to indicate just that. But is this always so? Or might "Perizi" also be an ethnonym, without connection to a certain type of settlement? Might the Perizi once have all lived in Perazot, but later also in walled cities and were still called by their old name? Who knows.

Yigal Levin 

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From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Isaac Fried
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Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Early and late biblical Hebrew

PRAZOT TE$EB YRU$ALAIM ... Zechariah 2:8

פרזות תשב ירושלם מרב אדם ובהמה בתוכה

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Nov 25, 2011, at 6:40 PM, jimstinehart at aol.com wrote:

> The PRZY did not live “spread out”.  The most famous PRZY lived  
> in Jerusalem.

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