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by lpetrich
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Phoenician tenses.
Replies: 6
Views: 498

Re: Phoenician tenses.

Now for Semitic languages. I used Conjugate On The Coolest Verb Conjugator | Cooljugator.com for Hebrew and Arabic, Aramaic Skeleton Grammar , and Akkadian at the Language Gulper. Note that the present/future tense here has both prefixes and suffixes in its conjugation. Hebrew: - -, t- -, t- -i, y- ...
by lpetrich
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Phoenician tenses.
Replies: 6
Views: 498

Re: Phoenician tenses.

Try using some Roman-alphabet transcription. There aren't many of us who can read the Phoenician alphabet. Also, I don't think that I have the patience to give a complete introduction to Indo-European and Semitic linguistics. It should be obvious that Phoenician and Hebrew are much closer to Arabic,...
by lpetrich
Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: In the beginning, God separated?
Replies: 15
Views: 3968

Re: In the beginning, God separated?

I was using Tanach (JPS): Genesis: Genesis Chapter 1 from 1917. Seems like it was revised from standalone in 1917 to adverbial in 1989.
by lpetrich
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: In the beginning, God separated?
Replies: 15
Views: 3968

Re: In the beginning, God separated?

The score:
JPS: standalone
Chabad, Alter, Fox, Friedman: adverbial clause
by lpetrich
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: In the beginning, God separated?
Replies: 15
Views: 3968

Re: In the beginning, God separated?

The JPS translations used in the Reform and Conservative synagogues in the US, the translation found in the online Chabad Tanakh, and the translations offered by Robert Alter, Everett Fox, and Richard Elliott Friedman, all treat בְּרֵשִׁית בָּרָא as being in the construct state. Genesis 1:1 as a st...
by lpetrich
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: In the beginning, God separated?
Replies: 15
Views: 3968

Re: In the beginning, God separated?

I should add to that back-projection: From his hair the trees From his eyebrows the realm of humanity I tried to translate it into reconstructed Proto-Indo-European, but I ran into a lot of difficulties with some of the vocabulary. Grammatically, it would be Yemos-gen-sg flesh-abl-sg Mannus-nom-sg e...
by lpetrich
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: In the beginning, God separated?
Replies: 15
Views: 3968

Re: In the beginning, God separated?

Ymir - Wikipedia presents how it went, and the discusses other Indo-European cosmogonic dismemberings. Projecting Ymir's fate back in time, I get something like From Yemos's flesh Mannus made the earth From his bones the hills From his blood the sea From his skull the heaven From his brain the clouds
by lpetrich
Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: In the beginning, God separated?
Replies: 15
Views: 3968

Re: In the beginning, God separated?

Myths and Legends The specialized term "charter myth" or "mythical charter" refers to myths that use a real or hypothetical past event to provide a logic justifying a custom or social structural arrangement, such as why a particular dynasty is appropriately in power. The first Genesis creation stor...
by lpetrich
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: In the beginning, God separated?
Replies: 15
Views: 3968

Re: In the beginning, God separated?

The Genesis 1 story has some additional structure added on. Celestial environments: day, night Far-terrestrial environments: air, sea Near-terrestrial environments: land, plants Celestial inhabitants: the Sun, the Moon, and the stars Far-terrestrial inhabitants: flying animals, aquatic animals Near-...
by lpetrich
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: In the beginning, God separated?
Replies: 15
Views: 3968

Re: In the beginning, God separated?

This seems to me an offshoot of Proto-Indo-European mythology A reconstructed PIE creation story goes like this: there were once two brothers, *Mannus and *Yemos, Man and Twin. Mannus sacrificed Yemos, dismembered him, and built the familiar Universe out of his body parts. The story of Norse Ymir is...