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Persians, Essenes, and Biconsonantal Roots

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Friday, July 28, 2000, 23:45
On Fri, 28 Jul 2000 04:14:06 GMT Leo Caesius <leo_caesius@...>
> Here's a language-related question: Semitic languages are > traditionally > classified as possessing triconsonantal roots. If that is the case, > what is > the triconsonantal root of ben/bar/bin/byn/ibn? Why does Aramaic > have the > consonants b-r whereas everyone else has b-n? And where does the > Akkadian > cognate (if it is cognate) come from? I genuinely don't know, > although I do > know that ben is not the only biconsonantal word in Hebrew (and > several > common words, including the PS word for scorpion, have been > reconstructed > with four root consonants!). > -Chollie
- First to get through the non-language related stuff: I remember learning when i learned Second Temple period Jewish History that the Jews most of the time supported the Persians, especially when there was a chance that during Persian-Roman fighting the Persians could conquer Judea. I remember reading about the Essenes' "Children of Light/Darkness" beliefs, but i wasn't sure whether you had heard some other interpretation of it. Now on to the important things :-) I seem to remember reading somewhere that there's a reconstruction of either Proto-Semitic or Proto-AfroAsiatic which works on a biconsonantal root system. The later three-consonant roots would be an elaboration on that, and helps explain relationships between similar roots. -Stephen (Steg) "anxiety is the dizziness of freedom."