SHORT NOTES A REFERENCE TO 2 KINGS IV 38FF. IN AN ARABIC SOURCE While tracing Hebrew and Syriac loan words in Arabic, I came across an interesting example in the form of an anecdote of an Arabicized word of allegedly Hebrew origin, according to the narrator. Apart from the linguistic point of view, this example is interesting as a possible reference to 2 Kings iv 38ff. A number of problems, however, have to be resolved. The anecdote is narrated by the famous Kufan lexicographer, )al-Asma'-l (d. 216 A.H.), in the presence of the Caliph, The latter is reported to have asked whether or not the word tafsal was Arabic. Quoting )Ibn )al-Qut-am-i, nar- rates how a Hebrew habr (i.e. religious authority, "rabbi") called Sila, during the Exodus, asked one of his followers to prepare a mixture of cereals CablO,.t hubub), and so tafsil was made for which the Arabs have substituted the first letter with the emphatic counterpart of t, hence i The contents of this account strongly bring to mind the narrative in 2 Kings iv 38ff., where Elisha asks a servant of his to seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets: wayy,5)mer lenacari hasslr haggedild
Vetus Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1983
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