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Nafa (נפה) — A Loan-Word from the Language of the Gentile Seafarers / 'נפה' – מלה שאולה מלשונות גויי-הים

מאיר בן-דב and M. Ben-Dov
Tarbiẕ / תרביץ
כרך מג‎, חוברת א/ד‎ (תשרי-אלול תשל"ד), pp. 217-219
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23593804
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Nafa (נפה) — A Loan-Word from the Language of the Gentile Seafarers / 'נפה' – מלה שאולה מלשונות גויי-הים
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Abstract

The word נפה appears six times in the Bible, and in each and every instance is related to the name of the town Dor on the sea coast. Accordingly, the writer is of the opinion that the origin of the word נפה may be located in one of the languages of the sea-people. Indeed, such a root appears in early layers of homeric Greek, meaning 'a forest in the plain'. The term for 'a forest in the plain' in biblical Hebrew is sharon (שרון), whereas a mountain forest is referred to as ḥoresh (חרש). This interpretation seems to approximate Albright's theory concerning the territorial hinterland of the Dor district – namely, the Plain of Sharon.

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