The teaching of the Semitic religions, "Do good to others that you may benefit at their hands," does not occur in their pages, nor any hints of sensuous delights hereafter.* In all the great Buddhist poems, of which the Shu Hsing Tsan Ching is the best example, there is the same deep sadness, the haunting sorrow of doom.
As counter-examples, there are numerous schools of Buddhism, some of which DO offer a type of heaven; and the Confucian ideal of reciprocity can easily be, and often has been, misinterpreted in the same way as Semitic religions.
"Hello, King o' Babylon," was Van Horn's greeting, for so he had named him because of fancied Semitic
resemblance blended with the crude power that marked his visage and informed his bearing.
The Abyssinians themselves are a fine looking race of black men--tall, muscular, with fine teeth, and regular features, which incline distinctly toward Semitic
mold--I refer to the full-blooded natives of Abyssinia.
We can only trust that this tome, with so many high-quality contributions, will serve as the inspiration to attract new specialists to Semitics. We can also only hope that our pessimism is judged with the passage of time to be totally unwarranted, and that when this century comes to a close, many of today's Semitists' wish-lists have items on them which will have seen the light of day.
The work under review contains eighteen state-of-the-art essays by well-known specialists on various aspects of Semitic linguistics.
The editor's introduction describes, among other interesting topics, the Chomskyan and Russian Schools of Semitic Linguistics (pp.
Diakonoff was undoubtedly the most outstanding linguist in the Afroasiatic (2) and Semitic fields.
Direct genealogical relationship, as in the Romance languages, is a rare exception and also for this reason cannot usefully be applied to Semitics. A picture better corresponding to Semitic reality displays a constant flux of dynamic linguistic influences radiating through time in innovative waves (p.
All the recent discoveries in the Near East, which cover the entire range of Semitic languages, have had an unsurprising by-product: they have shown how tremendous the gaps in our knowledge are and that everything we learn is just the prelude to new problems.
The subjects dealt with are: a survey of the Semitic languages (pp.
Prime sources of information are the older Semitic languages.