Personal Names of the Pentateuch in the Northwest Semitic Context: A Comparative Study

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Pauli Rahkonen
Publication year: 2019
Journal: Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament
Journal acronym: SCAND J OLD TESTAM
Volume number: 33
Issue number: 1
Start page: 111
End page: 135
Number of pages: 25
ISSN: 0901-8328
eISSN: 1502-7244


The personal names of the Pentateuch (the first 11 chapters excluded) have not very often been under systematic scientific investigations. The topic is interesting from the points of view of linguistics, onomastics, theology and ethnohistory. The anthroponyms of the Pentateuch are compared with personal names found from the 2(nd) millennium BCE (from Amorite, Ugaritic and Amarna Canaanite sources) and with anthroponyms from extrabiblical and biblical Hebrew sources, as well as with Phoenician sources of the first half of the 1(st) millennium. The conclusion is that the anthroponyms of the Pentateuch reflect the onomasticon of the second millennium, having slightly modified typological and lexical roots in the same Northwest Semitic entity as Amorite, Amarna Canaanite and Ugaritic personal names.


Northwest Semitic, Old Testament exegesis, Pentateuch

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