Origines Celticae (a Fragment) and Other Contributions to the History of Britain Volume 1

Origines Celticae (a Fragment) and Other Contributions to the History of Britain Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...as our translators render it, the Syrian. We hear nothing of the language of Elam, or of Asshur, or of Philistia; the tongue of the Chaldeans (Khasdim) (Dan. 1. 4) was clearly Aramaic, for when Daniel gives us the speech of the Khasdim, he drops his native Hebrew and adopts the Aramaic (Dan. 2. 4). 1 Vide Chap. IX, p. 264. 2 As the term Ishumelites was applied to the races dwelling in the southern part of this district. Vide p. 167. 3 In this ease there may be some doubt whether we should not read Edom instead of Aram. The Hebrew letters spelling the two names are easily confounded, and sometimes they certainly were so; compare I Chron. 18. II with 2 Sam. 8. 1i. Aramaic dialects seem to have been spoken by the Shem-itic tribes settled on the Euphrates, but not to have been understood by the Jews and their Phoenician neighbours. When the Assyrians besieged Jerusalem the Jewish princes entreated Rabshakeh to speak in Aramaic, and not in the 1 Jews language, in the ears of the people that were on the wall' (Isai. 36. n). Again, when the Khasdim addressed Nebuchadnezzar in his great city of Babylon, their speech, as we have seen, was Aramaic (Dan. 2. 4). So also when the kings of Persia held communications with their officers 'on this side the river, ' it was conveyed to them in the Aramaic, or Syriac tongue (Ezra 4. 7); and in a subsequent age, when the Nabatheans of Petra held communications with the Roman authorities (Diod. 19. 96), it was also in Aramaic. The speech of Ashdod (Neh. 13. 24), as spoken in the fifth century B.C., may have been a dialect of the same language.1 Strabo and the later Greeks treated the name of Suroi as if it were synonymous with Arimoi, or Aramaioi. It is probable the custom arose from a hasty generalization. It may have...show more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236663373
  • 9781236663375