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sixtieschick BS: Sanskrit Theories Run Amok (35) RE: BS: Sanskrit Theories Run Amok 19 Jun 05


The tone of the essay sounds like it was written by someone from ISKCON (Hare Krishna). I can't follow how some of the Sanskrit is supposed to relate to Hebrew. For instance, there are three "s" letters in Sanskrit, and two of them are pronounced more or less "sh." These differences are ignored in the essay.

However, folks in the ancient world did communicate. Parts of India, Africa and the Middle East traded with each other and there was presumably some cross-fertilization of language and culture. So why not some Sanskrit influences on Hebrew, and visa versa? They may not the ones stated in this article, but there could be connections.

By the way, one of the the oldest synagogues in continuous use is in Cochin, on the west coast of India. It was started in A.D. 79.

Miriam


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