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Studies in Northwest Semitic


Pontifical Biblical Institute 1997

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The late Mitchell Dahood, lecturer in Northwest Semitic languages at the Pontifical Biblical Institute from 1956 to 1982, made numerous and often very original suggestions for interpreting the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. His proposals provoked much controversy at the time. Fifteen years after his sudden death, it seemed appropriate to consider some of them again with a view to establishing how far they may be judged plausible. It is not always possible to attain definite conclusions in these matters, but the process of learning and discovery requires summing up from time to time so that the way forward may be more clearly seen. It is hoped that this monograph will contribute to the ongoing task of interpreting the sacred text.

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Key Features

  • Investigates a number of grammatical phenomena observed by Mitchell Dahood
  • Discusses the views of Mitchell Dahood and James Barr
  • Bibliographical references and indexes

Product Details

  • Title: Studies in Northwest Semitic
  • Author: Robert Althann
  • Publisher: Pontifical Biblical Institute
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 205

About Robert Althann

Robert Althann completed theological studies at Heythrop College in London and at the Pontifical Biblical Institute after which he taught Sacred Scripture at the Regional Seminary of Zimbabwe and at the University of Zimbabwe. The same university awarded him a DPhil for a study of chapters 4–6 of the book of Jeremiah, published in this series during 1983. From 1989 to 1991, he was a visiting lecturer in the Old Testament at Hekima College in Nairobi. Since then, he lectures in Biblical Hebrew at the Pontifical Biblical Institute.

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