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Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew

Edited by Ziony Zevit and Cynthia Naude

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Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic

Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew

Edited by Ziony Zevit and Cynthia Naude

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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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.

Preface

Abbreviations

Part 1: Introduction

Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew: Linguistic Perspectives on Change and Variation Cynthia L. Miller-Naudé

Part 2: Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives on Diachrony

Methodological Issues in the Dating of Linguistic Forms: Considerations from the Perspective of Contemporary Linguistic Theory B. Elan Dresher

Biblical Hebrew as a Diachronic Continuum T. Givón

Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew and a Theory of Language Change and Diffusion Jacobus A. Naudé

Detecting Development in Biblical Hebrew Using Diachronic Typology John A. Cook

Historical Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew Robert D. Holmstedt

Part 3: Examining Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew

Orthographic Features

Dwelling on Spelling A. Dean Forbes and Francis I. Andersen

Morphological Features

The Third-Person Masculine Plural Suffixed Pronoun -mw and Its Implications for the Dating of Biblical Hebrew Poetry Yigal Bloch

The Kethiv/Qere ה.וא, Diachrony, and Dialectology Steven E. Fassberg

Discerning Diachronic Change in the Biblical Hebrew Verbal System Martin Ehrensvärd

The Archaic System of Verbal Tenses in “Archaic” Biblical Poetry Tania Notarius

Syntactic Features

Diachronic Syntactic Studies in Hebrew Pronominal Reciprocal Constructions Elitzur A. Bar-Asher Siegal

Syntactic Aramaisms as a Tool for the Internal Chronology of Biblical Hebrew Naʿama Pat-El

Lexical Features

The “Linguistic Dating of Biblical Texts”: Comments on Methodological Guidelines and Philological Procedures Avi Hurvitz

The Evolution of Literary Hebrew in Biblical Times: The Evidence of Pseudo-classicisms Jan Joosten

Signs of Late Biblical Hebrew in Isaiah 40–66 Shalom M. Paul

Sociological and Dialectal Considerations

Language Variation, Discourse Typology, and the Sociocultural Background of Biblical Narrative Frank H. Polak

Northern Hebrew through Time: From the Song of Deborah to the Mishnah Gary A. Rendsburg

Text-Critical Considerations

Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew Lexicography and Its Ramifications for Textual Analysis Chaim Cohen

Part 4: Comparative Semitic Perspectives on Diachrony

Outline of Aramaic Diachrony Michael Sokoloff

Diachrony in Ugaritic Joseph Lam and Dennis Pardee

Diachrony in Akkadian and the Dating of Literary Texts N. J. C. Kouwenberg

Part 5: Afterword

Not-So-Random Thoughts Concerning Linguistic Dating and Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew Ziony Zevit

Indexes

Index of Authors

Index of Ancient Sources

Index of Scripture

Index of Hebrew Words

Index of Subjects

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