A study on some Semitic toponymic types of the second millennium BC in the Southern Levant

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Abstract

The present study is based on the onomasticon of the Southern Levant in the second millennium bc. The results from onomastics are compared with the corresponding archaeological data and with the parallel literary sources. There existed a frequently found toponymic type stem + -ōn that was common in the area of Phoenicia and the coastal area of modern Israel. Another widely spread toponymic type bêṯ + adjunct appeared in the Galilee and the Judean Hill Country, the analogue of which is found in Syro-Mesopotamia. It is notable that these two particular types are not found in the Hill Country of Ephraim. As for the origin of these two toponymic types, the archaeological evidence, in accordance with the toponymic material, hints at migrations or at least at linguistic influence from the north to the Southern Levant during the first part of the second millennium BC.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)108–130
JournalStudia Orientalia Electronica
Volume4 (2016)
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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