[b-hebrew] gen 28 sulam

JimStinehart at aol.com JimStinehart at aol.com
Thu Nov 29 09:55:15 EST 2012


 
Prof. Yigal Levin: 
1.  You  wrote:  “Jim, even if Sulam were a  foreign loanword, that in 
itself would not be proof of how old the story  is.” 
If SLM is a Hurrian loanword, that would tend to indicate  an Amarna Age 
composition date for the Patriarchal narratives, because we know  from the 
Amarna Letters that that was the only time period when Hurrian  princelings 
dominated the ruling class of Canaan. 
2.  Now  consider whether the scribe of Hurrian princeling ruler IR-Heba of 
Jerusalem may  have been the very person who, after IR-Heba was gone, the 
first Hebrews  retained to record in writing an outline of the Patriarchal 
narratives, using  cuneiform to write pre-Hebrew west Semitic words.  We know 
from Amarna Letter EA 273, which  deals with the identical succession crisis 
that threatened the first Hebrews’  continued ability to live in their 
beloved homeland, that tent dwellers in the  valley in Year 14 sometimes 
retained scribes to record their thoughts in  writing.  Now consider the following  
truly  s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g  similarities in the peculiarities of the  writing 
style of IR-Heba’s scribe and the peculiarities of the writing style in  the 
received text of the Patriarchal narratives: 
(a)  These  are the only texts from Canaan that use xireq compaginis in 
common  words. 
(b)  These  are the only texts from Canaan that routinely  use Hurrian 
common words in a positive manner.  [The hapax legomenon SLM has been the focus  
of this thread.] 
(c)  These  are the only ancient texts from Canaan that refer to northern 
Mesopotamia as “Naharim”.  Genesis 24: 10.  Amarna Letter EA 287: 35. 
(d)  These  are the only texts from Canaan that refer to southern 
Mesopotamia as “Kassite land”.  Genesis 11: 28, 31;  15: 7.  Amarna Letter EA 287: 
36. 
(e)  Each of  these texts refers to the most important princeling in the 
lives of the first  Hebrews, using the same spelling of his historical name:  
Milk-i-Ilu.  Genesis 46: 17.  Amarna Letter EA 287: 29.  
If IR-Heba’s former scribe was retained by the first  Hebrews, shortly 
after Akhenaten’s death, to record in writing an abbreviated  outline of the 
Patriarchal narratives, that would nicely explain both (i) the  foregoing 
remarkable similarities in the writing peculiarities of the received  text of the 
Patriarchal narratives as compared to IR-Heba’s Amarna Letters, and  (ii) 
the  p-i-n-p-o-i-n-t  historical accuracy of the Patriarchal  narratives 
regarding all the many historical details of the traumatic  events that happened 
in the first Hebrews’ valley [Genesis 37: 14] in Years  12-14. 
Do you see how very important it is to identify various  hapax legomenon 
like SLM in the  Patriarchal narratives as being Hurrian loanwords? 
Jim Stinehart 
Evanston,  Illinois
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