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Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew

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Eisenbrauns 2012

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Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew is an indispensable publication for biblical scholars, whose interpretations of scriptures must engage the dates when texts were first composed and recorded, and for scholars of language, who will want to read these essays for the latest perspectives on the historical development of Biblical Hebrew. For Hebraists and linguists interested in the historical development of the Hebrew language, it is an essential collection of studies that address the language’s development during the Iron Age (in its various subdivisions), the Neo-Babylonian and Persian periods, and the Early Hellenistic period. Written for both “text people” and “language people”, this is the first book to address established Historical Linguistics theory as it applies to the study of Hebrew and to focus on the methodologies most appropriate for Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic. The book provides exemplary case studies of orthography, lexicography, morphology, syntax, language contact, dialectology, and sociolinguistics and, because of its depth of coverage, has broad implications for the linguistic dating of Biblical texts. The presentations are rounded out by useful summary histories of linguistic diachrony in Aramaic, Ugaritic, and Akkadian, the three languages related to and considered most crucial for Biblical research.

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About the Editors

Cynthia L. Miller is an expert in biblical Hebrew linguistics. She was the chair of the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is currently a professor at the University of the Free State in South Africa. She is the author of The Verbless Clause in Biblical Hebrew: Linguistic Approaches.

Dr. Ziony Zevit is distinguished professor of Biblical literature and Northwest Semitic languages at American Jewish University. He taught at the University of Haifa, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of California–Berkeley. He is the recipient of several fellowships and awards and the author of over 100 publications, including The Anterior Construction in Classical Hebrew, The Religions of Ancient Israel: A Parallactic Approach, and Matres Lectionis in Ancient Hebrew Epigraphs.

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