[b-hebrew] The Qeiyafa Ostracon was [amarna] Old West Semitic Words
ishinan at comcast.net
Sun Dec 16 15:18:48 EST 2012
Jim wrote: I believe that the famous Qeiyafa Ostracon may give us a pretty definitive answer to that question. So I would like to turn now to taking a quick look at the first alphabetical writing that some scholars have called "Hebrew", in order to ask whether alphabetical writing was a reasonable alternative to using cuneiform, if the first written version of the Patriarchal narratives was recorded in writing in the mid-14th century BCE.
Ishinan: Unfortunately, this a dead-end path for your suggestion above. As I recall, Christopher Rollston* disputes the claim that the language is Hebrew, arguing that the words alleged to be indicative of Hebrew either appear in other languages or don't actually appear in the inscription.
* see:Rollston, Christopher, "The Khirbet Qeiyafa Ostracon:
Methodological Musings and Caveats". Tel Aviv: Journal of the Institute of
Archaeology of Tel Aviv University, (June 2011)."
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