Readers' Forum

Good Food for Thought; Mother Tongue

Just a note to say how much I appreciate and enjoy each issue of Pulpit Helps. Seeing a new issue in my mailbox each month or so is like seeing an old friend, ever so faithful and abiding.

I appreciate Dr. Zodhiates' explanations of ancient Greek words in their biblical contexts. If anyone is an expert on an apparently difficult language as ancient Greek, it is he. I value his teachings and wisdom and this ministry he founded. (Editor's note: Dr. Zodhiates did not found AMG, but under his guidance a small mission to Greeks became a large worldwide missionary enterprise.)

I like the articles by Wayne Barber and Jan Silvious among others. I eagerly look for the Jewels From Past Giants. Your Thanksgiving issue that gave the account of the Pilgrims was so good. I appreciate Dr. Olford; also the articles reminding us of our country's heritage. Lindsay Terry's behind-the-scenes revelations of our hymn writers and how our hymns originated are fascinating.

There is so much food for thought in your teaching articles that often I read slowly, to ponder and digest every word. A good point will often trigger a stream of thought, so that I have to pause for minutes at a time.

What happened after Babel interests me. The writer (Stephen Caesar) said two teams of researchers, one at UC-Berkeley, the other in Russia, working independently of each other, discovered evidences of several ancient proto-languages that may link specific existent language phyla. The Russians coined a name, "Nostratic," for the proto-language linking Indo-European, Semitic, and Ural-Altic (from Nov. & Dec. '95 & Jan. '96 issues).

Do linguists, Bible students or otherwise, realize the implications? Indo-European blankets Europe, Russia, and the stretch from Iran to Bangladesh.

Semitic covers North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Ural-Altic spreads across North Asia. At the geographical center of this landmass is Babylon.

The Nostratic people would appear to represent the last wave of migrants to spread out from Babel.

Similarly, speech characteristics have been found, I believe, linking Navajo with Chinese. Also Ute-Aztecan with Aboriginal Australian. Possibly also Mayan with Indo-European.

I would be fascinated to learn more about this. Please keep the good information articles coming.

Carl W. Hansen
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

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Thank you so much.

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