FW: OT- Ancient Near Eastern Languages

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Mon Aug 8 14:24:10 UTC 2005

Dear members of the Jewish languages discussion group,

Below my signoff is a message sent to the American Dialect Society by a former (and very helpful) assistant to NY Times columnist William Safire.
Would someone in our group be able to help her?  Btw, there's at least one mention of an interpreter (Genesis XLII: 23: "And they knew not that Joseph understood them, for he spoke unto them by an interpreter."

Gerald Cohen

> ----------
> From:         American Dialect Society on behalf of Katy Miller
> Sent:         Monday, August 8, 2005 8:55 AM
> Subject:      OT- Ancient Near Eastern Languages
> Hello All.
> I> '> ve been asked to consider an unsolicited manuscript for possible publication in the magazine I work for now. It is not written by a linguist, and I have some questions. I was wondering if anyone out there
> knows, or knows of someone who specializes in, ancient near eastern languages who could clear some things up for me.
> The paper is on the lack of mentioned interpreters in the Bible, and how the Egyptian, Aramaic, Hebrew, Philistine etc. peoples managed to communicate with each other (the author is assuming all recorded events
> i.e. Moses> '>  exchange with his brother Aaron, or Abraham> '> s conversations with Pharaoh, or the Sanhedrin> '> s and Pilate> '> s dialogue, actually happened, of course.)
> Thanks,
> Katy
> Kathleen E. Miller
> Assistant Editor
> Bible Review & Biblical Archaeology Review
> Biblical Archaeology Society
> 4710 41st St., NW
> Washington, DC 20016
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> kmiller at bib-arch.org
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