By Milton Eng
This research is an research into the lexical meanings of Hebrew phrases for the human lifestyles cycle within the outdated testomony. The research differs from earlier experiences in that the phrases are studied from the viewpoint of a particular semantic area (age) and never in isolation from one another. moreover, different sleek linguistic techniques are utilized, together with syntagmatic and paradigmatic research.
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There was in the Ancient Near East a general notion of years allotted to humankind which may be lengthened or shortened by the gods and by the “strength” of the particular individual and/or his behavior in life. 10. There was a general conception of the life cycle reaching an expected allotment of years, whether this be 60 or 70 (at least for the societal elite). A life ending at age 50, for instance, was considered “cut short” (trk). A life extending further entered into “old age” (Nqz) and with strength (hrwbg), extreme old age (hby#&).
Anthropologists have wondered why in Polynesian cultures, with its notable sexual emphases, there are no puberty rites. Careful study of the young person in Polynesia shows a more gradual transition from the life of childhood to adolescence than that of the transition from adolescence to adulthood, when the individual first begins to assume the full responsibilities of marriage, demonstrating adult prowess and establishing a separate household. In terms of a general overview of the life cycle, there seems to have been understandably three main phases perceived in the Ancient Near East.
Donald J. Ortner, “Disease and Mortality in the Early Bronze Age People of Bab edh-Dhra, Jordan,” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 51 (1979): 589–98. See also his study of the skeletal remains of approximately 150 persons, “The Skeletal Biology of an Early Bronze IB Charnel House at Bab edh-Dhra, Jordan,” in Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan I, ed. Adnan Hadidi (Amman, Jordan: Dept. of Antiquities, 1982), 93–95, which comes up with fairly similar statistics. , 596. Conditions such as osteoporosis normally occur only in post-menopausal women (age 50+).
Days of Our Years: A Lexical Semantic Study of the Life Cycle in Biblical Israel (Library Hebrew Bible Old Testament Studies) by Milton Eng