Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Ancient Near Eastern Mutual Comprehensibility
Here’s an article I want to read. Someone please edit it so it can be published!
Iíve 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. Mosesí exchange with his brother Aaron, or Abrahamís conversations with Pharaoh, or the Sanhedrinís and Pilateís dialogue, actually happened, of course.)
Kathleen E. Miller
Bible Review & Biblical Archaeology Review
Biblical Archaeology Society
4710 41st St., NW
Washington, DC 20016
202-364-3300 * 230
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Gerald Cohen adds that Miller is “a former (and very helpful) assistant to NY Times columnist William Safire,” and notes, “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.”