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Comment by Tohar Yarden on March 10th, 2009 at 3:29 am

In the section presenting critical views of biblical mentioning of canaanites, I found the claim:
“the Perizzites are usually named as a Canaanite tribe against whom Israel must fight (Gen. 3:8 and 15:19, etc.), but Numbers 26:20 identifies them as part of the lineage and tribe of Judah, through his son Perez”
However, this claim can only be made based on an English translation of the bible – in Hebrew (my own mother-tongue), Perez ends with the letter Sadi (×¥) and not with Zayin (×–) as occurs in the name Perizzi. These letters are quite different letters, also in pronunciation, and do not interchange in Hebrew.

Comment by Dan Fefferman on March 10th, 2009 at 6:50 am

Thank you for this. The statement is based on the Jewish Encyclopedia’s entry under ‘Perizzites’ that modern commentators suggest “Perizi” and “Perazi” are identical. I have added a note along the lines you suggest to clarify that the issue is contentious. ~~~~

Comment by DXRD on October 15th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

The Shasu were Semitic nomads, not Arabian ones!

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on October 16th, 2014 at 11:30 am

Thank you for your feedback. The Shasu were indeed Semitic and the article will be revised.

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