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By William M. Schniedewind

ISBN-10: 0300176686

ISBN-13: 9780300176681

More than just a mode of communique shared via a standard humans, the Hebrew language was once regularly an essential component of the Jewish cultural procedure and, as such, tightly interwoven into the lives of the prophets, poets, scribes, and clergymen who used it. during this designated social background, William Schniedewind examines classical Hebrew from its origins within the moment millennium BCE until eventually the Rabbinic interval, whilst the foundations of Judaism as we all know it this day have been formulated, to view the tale of the Israelites throughout the lens in their language.
contemplating classical Hebrew from the viewpoint of a writing method in preference to vernacular speech, Schniedewind demonstrates how the Israelites’ lengthy historical past of migration, struggle, exile, and different momentous occasions is mirrored in Hebrew’s linguistic evolution. an exceptional addition to the fields of biblical and center japanese reviews, this attention-grabbing paintings brings linguistics and social heritage jointly for the 1st time to discover an historic culture.

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And “conventional” means that the traditional grammars and histories of Hebrew have been neogrammarian and descriptive. 66 Rabin’s work reflected his broad training in linguistics and his interest in practical fields like translation theory. Although Rabin’s articles on the emergence of classical Hebrew and on Qumran Hebrew have been well received, his sociolinguistic history of Hebrew is relatively unknown. Several other authors have addressed quite-limited issues that would fall into the purview of sociolinguistics.

Greek historian Herodotus writes that “the Phoenicians . . taught them [that is, the Greeks] the alphabet” (Hist. V, 58:332), and later writers largely follow the account of Herodotus. e. 16 This account received credibility because of the antiquity of the first alphabetic inscriptions as well as the location of their discovery. The earliest example of alphabetic writing is from Wadi el-Hôl in Egypt. The site is on a caravan trail, not far from the ancient city of Luxor. Egyptologists J. C. Darnell and D.

11 In addition, there are at least three school texts that suggest that Hazor may have served as a regional center for training scribes. 12 Archaeologists are still hoping to find a major archive of cuneiform texts from Hazor, but the smaller finds point to Hazor’s role in disseminating cuneiform writing throughout Canaan. The Origins of Hebrew 33 Writing was thus well entrenched in the Levant long before we have any written Hebrew texts. Whereas early cuneiform and hieroglyphic writing systems were logographic and developed into logographic and syllabic systems (meaning that each written symbol represented a morpheme or a syllable),13 Hebrew writing would use an alphabetic writing system.

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