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
> 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
> 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
> common words, including the PS word for scorpion, have been
> with four root consonants!).
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
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.
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