Re: [ANE-2] Re: Shades
- On Nov 28, 2007 6:43 PM, Rolf Furuli wrote:
> As for RP)/RPH, it can refer to living people in Ugaritic (Danel wasSee also here:
> the man of RP)) and Hebrew (a family of tall people). In both
> languages RP) is also associated with death. However, in Ugaritic
> texts I have not been able to locate a single instance where the word
> refers to ghosts or disembodied spirits, and the same is true in the
> Hebrew Bible. In the entry RP)YM in HALOT we find the meaning "dead
> spirits," and in my view, this is an excellent example of a fallacy
> pointed out by Barr (I will not call it "the etymological fallacy"
> but rather "the theological fallacy" or "the fallacy of tradition").
> I am not aware of any traces of "ghosts" or "disembodied spirits" in
> the Hebrew texts where RP)/RPH occurs. My guess is that the word
> refers to "the weak ones; the powerless ones" i.e., that it is
> synonymous with MTYM "the dead".
The book in the second link might also provide you with some additional
bibliography, and you might want to look up some biblical and related
dictionaries too -- ABD, DDD, etc. A lot of literature has been published
on this very subject and it should be consulted for any type of discussion
that deals with the subject.