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The Biblical Hebrew "Store Cities" and an Amarna Gloss
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9311-7301
2017 (English)In: Vetus Testamentum (Print), ISSN 0042-4935, E-ISSN 1568-5330, Vol. 67, no 4, 519-527 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The word מסכנות used in the phrase ערי מסכנות “store cities” is commonly considered a loanword from the Neo-Assyrian word maškattu, “account, deposit, storehouse.” The current loan hypothesis does not account for the difficulties of the Akkadian evidence and does not take into consideration a gloss in Amarna letter no. 306. This gloss shows that the Canaanite scribes of the Late Bronze Age were familiar with the Akkadian plural form maškanātu and used it with the meaning “granaries, storage areas.” This technical term was borrowed into a Canaanite dialect and was subsequently transmitted to Biblical Hebrew as מסכנות.

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2017. Vol. 67, no 4, 519-527 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-333428DOI: 10.1163/15685330-12341287OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-333428DiVA: diva2:1156496
Available from: 2017-11-13 Created: 2017-11-13 Last updated: 2017-11-13

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