ZLVT wrote:I thought that the niqud were added much later. Still have trouble with the vowel sounds which are indicated by both niqud and vav/yod. How did they write in pre-niqud hebrew?
If you want to know how a Biblical Hebrew speaker would say a number, then the place to look is obviously the Biblical book of Numbers!jobriath wrote:Hi all,
Apologies for breaking into the thread and the low-level necro. Hopefully this is on-topic enough to mitigate rage.
I have a quick question for a story I'm writing. How would a Biblical* Hebrew speaker say the number 144000? How about transliterated into Latin characters? I started by looking up the numerical values of the characters and got "qof mem dalet eleth", but it strikes me this might sound as odd as saying "one four four thousand" or something analogous.
* If you have follow-up questions about this then I'm probably not sophisticated enough to answer them. Anything plausible will do!
Judah wrote:If you want to know how a Biblical Hebrew speaker would say a number, then the place to look is obviously the Biblical book of Numbers!
Your number would be m'ath eleph v'arba'im eleph v'arba'ath alaphim, meaning, more or less, "a hundred thousand and forty thousand and four thousands". (I just transliterated that off the cuff without looking up standardized transliteration systems, BTW, but it corresponds accurately to the Hebrew letters/vowels, and it gives you as good an approximation of pronunciation as any.)
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