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12132Re: [ANE-2] Re: Yau in Sealand personal names

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  • David Hall
    Jan 27, 2010

      What makes you think Har Karkom is the "true Mount Horeb/Sinai?"  This place in the southern Negev is quite desolate.  Parts of the Negev from Beersheeba to the south were found to contain EB settlements, but not LBA settlements, except for the Egyptian mining areas north of Eilat at Timnah Park. Studies of the Sinai did not find much in terms of LBA remains except along the northern coastal road named "The Way of Horus," and at the turquiose mines in the south at Serabit al-Khadem.  Petroglyphs have also been found in Northern Arabia, but it is difficult to date them.  Squiggles on stone might easily be interpreted as Y_ and Yahwistic, but there were no libraries found there or records to show the roads by which the artists wandered or when they lived there.  If you are to take Exodus literally you would find Israel baked and boiled their manna.  The remains of charcoal from campsites in the Sinai have not yet identified LBA
      campsites in areas thought to have been visited by the Israelis including the ruins at Kadesh Barnea near Ain Kadeis.   

      David Q. Hall
      Falls Church, Virginia

      From: Brian Colless <briancolless@...>
      To: ANE-2@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wed, January 27, 2010 7:03:12 AM
      Subject: [ANE-2] Re: Yau in Sealand personal names

      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 Schøyen 
      > Collection
      > (CUSAS Vol. 9, CDL Press, 2009), she identifies two Akkadian names, 
      > ÌR-ia-ú
      > (Arad-Yau), and ì-lí-ia-ú (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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