Archive for October 2009

Goings on in the blogosphere

October 27, 2009

Ed Cook has written a post on the verbal system in BH poetry, a topic I touched on earlier in the summer. His instinct is similar to mine that the semantics of the verbal system are similar in prose and poetry, but this is obscured by the fact that narrative convention “tips” the reader to the correct form through the use of word order. However, Ed extends this not only to narrative preterite wayyiqtol :: poetic preterite yiqtol, but also suggests that narrative modal/habitual weqatal :: poetic modal/habitual qatal.

Also, John Hobbins has posted on the Qirbet Qeiyafa ostracon which was finally sort-of published as reported by Aren Meir. I haven’t really had time to look at it, so I don’t have much to add.

Now, back to the dissertation proposal.


(Swine?) Flu 2 – Bekins House 2

October 27, 2009

Well, both my sons have come down with the flu this past week. Henry is going on day 6 and Jack is into day 2. So far my wife and I have stayed healthy somehow, but I’m not holding my breath. My basic plan of attack has been to keep my mouth a sterile environment by always having it filled with bourbon. Surprisingly, it also makes the house seem much less stressful.

Happy birthday Henry

October 5, 2009

5 years ago today, my oldest son Henry was born. I still remember sitting in the hospital working on homework while my wife bounced on an exercise ball eating jello and watching Spongebob Squarepants on TV (this was before the doctor broke her water and got things moving).

The passage I was translating was Isaiah 9, and to this day verse 5 means something quite different to me then it ever did before I had children:

5 כִּי־יֶ֣לֶד יֻלַּד־לָ֗נוּ For unto us a child is born,
בֵּ֚ן נִתַּן־לָ֔נוּ A son is given to us.
וַתְּהִ֥י הַמִּשְׂרָ֖ה עַל־שִׁכְמ֑וֹ And the government will be on his shoulder.
וַיִּקְרָ֨א שְׁמ֜וֹ And they will name him:
פֶּ֠לֶא יוֹעֵץ֙ אֵ֣ל גִּבּ֔וֹר Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
אֲבִיעַ֖ד שַׂר־שָׁלֽוֹם׃ Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Cuneiform resources

October 5, 2009

The Knowledge and Power in the Neo-Assyrian Empire site is a great resource for introductory material in Assyriology. Besides transliterations and translations of Neo-Assyrian texts, there are good introductions to related subjects as well.

They have just added an excellent introduction to all things cuneiform, Cuneiform Revealed,  including a very helpful intro to the Akkadian language and even practice texts to read. The site is aimed at undergraduates and seems to be very accessible to the lay person (at least one having some familiarity with Semitic languages). I wish it was around when I was beginning Akkadian!