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A Note on the Pronunciation of ("Jill*. — It may be accepted as a fact that
the word is formed by prefixing * to the root ffljf . We then inquire the mean-
ing of the * prefixed. We find it used to form an imperfect of a verb, to form a
few appellatives, and to form quite a number of proper names. We might con-
clude at once that fllpf* I s a proper name rather than an appellative or a verb.
If it is a name rather than a verb, then the analogy of ?wwie-forms instead of
wrb-forms must be sought to help us decide its probable pronunciation.
We need to consider only those formed from jf" 1 ? roots. The following
facts appear. All names formed from such roots, and that appear without pre-
fixed * or j~| , end in |"j— , except HISJ' an d HD' » and one or two formed like the
participle, unless the third radical appears quiescing as ?| or ♦— .
All the names from such roots having ♦ or j"| prefixed and ending in the letter
pf , end in J~J — , except JlJlO* an< l I7JD* •
Thus we find such names as these : JTTJ» , HJJ'I* » !7E3* ■> H 1 ?/?* > IT10* i
rt3D* , jTnn* i mis* , rrsp» , rf?n» , rnpn , njnn • T ''
t : ■ t : t : ■ t : ■ t : ■ t|: • t : •
Among these we have }Yl[2f» and Hip?! life© tV\tV in having the second
radical 1 as well as ending in vowel letter f| .
Following the analogy of these names it would seem probable that ffljf* also
ended in the sound Jf— . In determining the vowel of the first syllable from
analogy, we And no names with ♦ prefixed before |f to help us. But we find it
before the gutturals |~F an d J7 taking the vowel — or — , and we may suppose
the vowel of the * in ftlfp was likewise either — or — . Thus we have ,*7in* >
T : -
mn' > HIIT or fYlfT as the probable form of the name, and of these ffin* is
t-:|- x : V tv:|v t : -
the most probable-
B. C. Taylor,
Croeer Theological Seminary.
A - b i - e - s h u - ' = E b i s h u in . — In the preface to the third volume of the
Becords of the Past, Prof. Sayce has a long introduction on the Hammurabi
dynasty, and, among other things, he says : " Contemporaneous documents lately
discovered at Niffer prove that the true name of Ebisum, who is made the eighth
kiag of the first dynasty, was really Abesukh." These tablets were not found at
Mffer. Compare Hebraica, Oct., 1889, where, in commenting on the Kh. ( =
Khabaza) collection purchased in London for the University of Pennsylvania, I
said: "One of the most interesting things connected with these collections was