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By Robert F. Smith
A symposium on "EGYPT AND THE OLD TESTAMENT" will be held at the Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst, Gabelsbergerstr. 35, Munich/München, Germany, on 6-7 Dec 2019.
The proceedings will be published as ÄAT (AEGYPTEN UND ALTES TESTAMENT) volume 100.
More on the symposium can be found at https://www.freunde-abrahams.de/aegypten-und-altes-testament/ .
ÄAT's spectrum covers the philological, art historical, and archaeological branches of Egyptology, as well as Old Testament exegesis, the archaeology, glyptics and epigraphy of Israel/Palestine and neighboring regions such as Sinai and Transjordan, literature and history of religions, from the Bronze Ages up to Greco-Roman and early Christian periods, as well as relevant aspects of research history.
Here is a new thread to try get feedback on my article. Those that wish to attack me are not welcome on this thread.
I'd like to make an observation about the numerals in the Kirtland Egyptian Papers. While it is true that these are called "Egyptian" in those papers, and they do not match the type of Ancient Egyptian language that we are used to, which could be called Afro-Asiatic (meaning that the ancient Egyptian language, as well as Hebrew, came from the Afro-Asiatic family). However, I would like to propose a different way of looking at it. It is true that some individuals like Sam Brown and William Schryver have proposed that these things are simply made up, and assume that they came from Phelp's imagination.
However, that is not the only possibility. If we are going to find what these are in the real ancient world, regardless of what they were "called," we ought to work backward from the known to the unknown. It is clear that they don't match ancient Egyptian, but that does not mean that they do not have some matches.
In the Kirtland Egyptian Papers, the numbers are vocalized like this:
1 = Eh
2 = Ni
3 = Ze
4 = Teh
5 = Veh
6 = Psi
7 = Psa
8 = A
9 = Na
10 = Ta
The number two here sticks out to me like a sore thumb and screams that it is from the Sino-Tibetan language family. Many of those languages have Ni for their vocalization for the number two, such as in Japanese. The number 3 here matches S forms in Sino-Tibetan as well as in some Indo-European forms such as in Iran. The number 4 matches with an Indo-European form such as in the Greek "Tessera," in our word Tesseract. The number 5 matches kind of with Indo-European forms such as in the Greek form Pente, from which we get the word pentagram. The three forms for 8, 9 and 10 match with many Indo-European forms of 8, 9 and 10. Could we have numerals here from a language that belongs to a family of languages that anciently had influences from both Indo-European and Sino-Tibetan, that originated in the area of the Himalayas, where those two language families cross over and made its way across the ancient world? Could it be something that came to be known in Egypt among the priests of the Greco-Roman era that had access to all kinds of things in the Library of Alexandria? Certainly it is not ancient Egyptian as we know it, but that doesn't mean it isn't something ancient.
Hello. I am looking for reviewers or at least some feedback for a paper that I wrote on the Book of Abraham. I have a link to the PDF of the paper on the top of my blog:
I intend to submit this paper for peer review, or to perhaps split it up in other papers to submit, but it would be really helpful if there were some other eyes that could look at it and give some kind of feedback before I submit it. I am very hesitant to submit it without at least someone other than myself that has looked at it and given some kind of substantial feedback.
Yes, it is true that it isn't edited well yet, since the editors and reviewers that promised to look at it and edit it so far have not kept their promises. So I've pretty much had to do this all myself as usual so far. So it is a product of my one man band so far.