[b-hebrew] The "Missing Link": Cuneiform Writing of Early HebrewWords

JimStinehart at aol.com JimStinehart at aol.com
Fri Dec 7 16:28:23 EST 2012


 
Rev. Bryant J. Williams III: 
You wrote:  “[E]yewitnesses would have kept the stories essentially the 
same even  within the community that was now the protector of the original 
stories.  These eyewitnesses would have  been the control over the retelling of 
the stories to prevent inaccurate  transmission of the stories; and yet, 
allow for some variation in wording as  long as this variation did not change 
the story.  Extrapolating from that, it would seem  that the stories passed 
down from the Patriarchs would be extremely  accurate.” 
Eyewitnesses might work for several generations, and  maybe even for a 
couple of centuries.  But if the Patriarchal narratives were not reduced to 
writing until late  Iron Age Judah [based on the style of Hebrew non-poetical 
common words in the  classic Biblical Hebrew narrative prose of the received 
text], that would be 700  years or so after the fact [even given my late 
dating of the Patriarchal Age to  the mid-14th century BCE].   
If the received text has pinpoint historical accuracy, as  I claim it does, 
regarding telling us precisely what happened regarding the  birth of 
Judaism in south-central Canaan in Years 12-14, then such accuracy  could only 
rest upon a (i)  w-r-i-t-t-e-n  record that  was done [or commissioned] by (ii) 
a contemporary, who himself was one of the  first Hebrews who lived in 
tents in south-central Canaan in Years 12-14.  For example, the first Hebrews 
may have  commissioned IR-Heba’s former scribe to record in writing, using 
cuneiform to  write down west Semitic words, a comprehensive outline of the 
Patriarchal  narratives.  That ancient cuneiform  writing was not transformed 
into alphabetical classic Hebrew narrative prose  writing until the 7th 
century BCE or so, in late Iron Age  Jerusalem.  But subject to only a  handful 
of exceptions, those Jewish scribes in 7th century BCE  Jerusalem faithfully, 
passively and accurately reproduced precisely the west  Semitic words that 
had been written down in cuneiform in the mid-14th  century BCE, albeit 
naturally using the “modern” grammar and spelling  conventions of late Iron Age 
Judah classic Biblical Hebrew.   T-h-a-t  explains why every historical 
detail in  the received text is precisely right as to the trials and 
tribulations of the  tent-dwelling first Hebrews in Years 12-14, way back in the Late 
Bronze Age  Patriarchal Age. 
Eyewitnesses can only last a couple of generations.  For great historical 
accuracy over a  period of time spanning many centuries, an original  
w-r-i-t-t-e-n  account by a contemporary is  required.  What I’m saying is that  
that original written account of the Patriarchal narratives was done in  
cuneiform, recording west Semitic/pre-Hebrew words, in the Amarna Age by [or  
commissioned by] one of the tent-dwelling first Hebrews.  That’s the “missing 
link”. 
Jim Stinehart 
Evanston,  Illinois
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