[b-hebrew] [ b-hebrew] gen 28 sulam

David Kolinsky hadeesh at sbcglobal.net
Thu Nov 29 13:52:06 EST 2012


Every word in hebrew has an etymology.

 שלחן  table is from board לוח  

 בוהן which means thumb / "the digit that can go between" is related to בון and  
בין "to get in between" 

ראש meaning head comes from ראה meaning "the place of seeing" 
  אבן meaning "stone = building material" similar to  תבן straw; comes from בנה 
to build

David Kolinsky  

From: Uri Hurwitz <uhurwitz at yahoo.com>
To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Thu, November 29, 2012 9:12:26 AM
Subject: [b-hebrew] [ b-hebrew] gen 28 sulam

   Hi Nir,

   You wrote:
  > most nouns in most ancient languages do not have a proven source within the 
dialect, nor can be established as loan words. <

   On what grounds did you make this statement?

   Further you stated:

  > in hebrew i will mention  $ULXAN (table), KOBA (hat), TEBA (arc), E$ (fire), 
NKD (grandson), NYN (great grandson), ZRT (pinky), BHN (toe), R($ (head), YD 
(hand),  )BN (stone)  

etc. only by cross-reference with other dialects can this be validated.<

   Here you lost me completely: some of your examples are common Semitic, e.g.  
The words for head, and hand. Further, did you ever ask yourself why E$ (Fire), 
is feminine in Hebrew? Look it up in Akkadian where it is Ishatu - the f. marker 
'T' is very much there.

   Nothing to add about the linguisticallly shaky ladder. Shaky only 
linguistically, we saw how well it served Jacob.

   Uri Hurwitz

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