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12127Re: Yau in Sealand personal names

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  • Brian Colless
    Jan 27, 2010
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      Bjarte, this is very timely. It so happens that I have spent my day
      (though it was not what I had intended to do when I got out of bed)
      considering the evidence concerning the Shasu of Yhw, and examining my
      collection of inscriptions from the Negev, Arava, and Timna.

      Most pertinent to this matter of the deity YW/YH are the rock
      inscriptions from Har Karkom (the true Mount Horeb/Sinai), and I will
      take this opportunity or recording for my own use what I have noticed.

      #2 examples of YH on stones (an arm [yad] and a jubilater [hll], in
      each case standing on hands), written sinistrograde (R-L)

      # YH (with H upright) on a stone, to the left of a robed figure
      standing inside a shrine (unless the half-circle is a halo);
      remarkably this rock is among a group situated near an area that has
      been intentionally cleared, and has been suggested as the site of the
      Tabernacle (and if you know the right size for the cubit, it will fit
      perfectly there, as the first temple does on the Jerusalem Mount at
      the Dome of the Rock).

      Recently I reported another stone I have seen in a photograph, which
      has ' (ox) L (crook) Sh (sun) S (fish), presumably signifying EL (God)
      and ShaSu people.

      I have also been reading on the web (with a break to go to the cinema
      to see NOODLE, in Hebrew and Chinese, and hardly understood a word of
      either language at that speed) the theories of James R. Harris on the
      Old Negev language and script; he also finds YH there but not the same
      as my examples, and his readings of the inscriptions in the Sinai
      mines are quite different from mine; but having established to his own
      satisfaction what the signs of the Old Negev alphabet were, he then
      takes us to places like Utah and Mexico, to find YH among their
      petroglyphs, and on Olmec seals (*The Name of God: From Sinai to the
      American Southwest).

      I mention this because I am going to release a Canaanite inscription
      that seems to establish that the Phoenicians did cross the Atlantic,
      but I doubt that they brought the god YH with them, though they did
      carry the art of logo-syllabic writing (which they had invented by
      2300 BCE, and which they had already passed on to the Cretans and the

      By the way, one of the actresses in the movie has the name Anat, and I
      have been trying to establish when the goddess`Anat first reached
      Egypt (just before the Hyksos took over the Delta, I redd today); she
      is in the Wadi el-Hol graffiti, you know.

      Brian Colless

      On 27/01/2010, at 10:45 PM, Bjarte Kaldhol wrote:

      > Dear list,
      > In Stephanie Dalley's edition of 474 tablets from the Sch�yen
      > Collection
      > (CUSAS Vol. 9, CDL Press, 2009), she identifies two Akkadian names,
      > �R-ia-�
      > (Arad-Yau), and �-l�-ia-� (Ili-Yau) whose second part is the West
      > Semitic
      > divine name Yau. At this time (16th century) Yau/Yahweh "would be
      > god of
      > Midian and Edom ... which one may connect with MBA/LBA cities at
      > Qurayya ...
      > and Tayma ... It may perhaps be deduced that there was a south-
      > western god
      > Yau who became assimilated into Babylonia at this period, perhaps as a
      > hypostasis of the storm god Adad, so that the divine name was used
      > with
      > Akkadian elements ..." (Dalley, p. 72). Yau is also attested in a
      > (later)
      > Kassite name from Nippur.
      > Best wishes,
      > Bjarte Kaldhol
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