Waael Zak
Few Comments on ḥd/ḥdṯ Post
Sun Jan 13, 2019 19:19

Thanks Dr./ Joe for the well-clarified information on the ḥd/ḥdṯ topic. Here are a few comments on this helpful post of yours : 1. Initially, allover the Near East, the days-count of any new solar year had to be started in Autumn. The reason for that is well known : The Near Eastern Ancients believed that the Ark of the Messenger Noah had settled-down on the earth's ground during Autumn. Meaning that the post-Deluge Time itself had started in that season specifically. ; 2. The ancient Near Eastern word ḥada/ḥadaṯ/ḥadath was very widely used by almost *all* peoples, Hebrew and non-Hebrew, from the Persian Gulf in the east to the Red Sea in the west, and from the Nabatean Country in the north to the Qatbaanian Country in the south. In addition to the 'exact' meaning that you have described in your post, it was used also to mean any "New Happening" in general, especially if it was of some importance. ; 3. Starting the hours-count at the start of daylight, west of the Red Sea, is really exceptional if compared to the usual habit for the huge Peninsula peoples, who always started the hours-count at the start of sunset, like you have said. Interestingly, each habit suited much more comfortably the corresponding chief economic activity of the place it was adopted in. The Egyptian economy depended massively on agriculture, which was mostly moved-on in early morning or a little after ; while the Peninsular economy depended massively on trade-tripping, which was mostly moved-on in early night or a little after. -- Thanks again.

  • ḥdJoe Baker, Mon Jan 7 06:44
    Hi Marianne Actually, to be more precise, (ḫd) means "month"--the course of the phases of the moon The normal Semitic word for month derives from the root wrḫ , hence Akkadian... more
    • Few Comments on ḥd/ḥdṯ Post — Waael Zak, Sun Jan 13 19:19
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