áÐ3áS•áS¤áˆ* áЫáЕá‰Ýብ wrote:
> > The ' b g d order is known in traditional Ethiopian circles,
> because it
> > appears in Psalm 119 (just as it does in the Septuagint).
> Evidence of the order appears to be from the alphabetic section names:
> "aleif", "beit", "gameil", and "daleit'", simple variants on the
> Hebraic letter names (a modern Amharic Bible even includes the Hebrew
> letters).* The first syllable of each word follows "a-bei-ga-da".
> The "ga" in "gameil" I've certainly seen change forms (gi,ge,g) but
> "beit" is a very stable semitic root. So I lean towards the rotated
> table as the origin of the word and hebraic scripts for the order.

Well, since you don't identify yourself, it's entirely possible that you
know better than Wolf Leslau and Monica Devens, but I rather doubt it.

> The "abegede" order is fairly well known, the Ethiopian Orthodox
> Church applied it for a time but abandoned it. The order is at times
> loosely refered to as "abugida" (as per the table). The "bugida"
> (horizontal) aspect of the syllabary wouldn't be applied in "ordering"
> though, so I find it misleading.
> > It has liturgical uses.
> do tell!
> /Daniel
> *Psalm 119 in UTF-8:
> http://www.bible.org/foreign/amharic/psa-119.htm#P2194_104986
> Psalm 119 in PDF (with Hebrew) page 66:
> http://www.gospelcom.net/ibs/bibles/amharic/pdf/ot/psalms.pdf
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...