By Aaron Hornkohl

ISBN-10: 9004269649

ISBN-13: 9789004269644

In historic Hebrew Periodization and the Language of the ebook of Jeremiah, Aaron Hornkohl defends the diachronic method of Biblical Hebrew and the linguistic relationship of biblical texts. utilizing the traditional methodologies to the Masoretic model of the biblical booklet of Jeremiah, he seeks so far the paintings at the foundation of its linguistic profile, settling on that, even though composite, Jeremiah is probably going a made from the transitional time among the 1st and moment Temple Periods.

Hornkohl additionally contributes to unraveling Jeremiah’s complex literary improvement, arguing at the foundation of language that its 'short edition', as mirrored within the book’s outdated Greek translation, predates that 'supplementary fabric' preserved within the Masoretic variation yet extraordinary within the Greek. however, he concludes that nor is written in past due Biblical Hebrew right.

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Fourth, the treatment of individual linguistic elements is sometimes superficial, glossing over important details (see below). 107 At this point in the discussion it may be helpful to illustrate the aforementioned criticisms with concrete examples. Since they may be dated extralinguistically, the Arad Ostraca provide a useful test-case. According to a recent test performed by Young (2009: 623–626), the Arad Ostraca (with a total of nine late linguistic features) had the sixth highest incidence of late linguistic features in the selection of texts examined, following portions of Ezra (25), Daniel (24), Chronicles (22), Nehemiah (20), and Esther (17), but lower than (inter alia) Pesher Habakkuk (6), Ben Sira (4), and Zechariah (3).

It is reasonable to assume (a) that some situation of diglossia, according to which the spoken language differed to some extent from the written language, also existed during the First Temple Period, (b) that BH, despite its literary nature, yet preserves linguistic elements especially characteristic of the spoken register, and (c) that RH, the vernacular of the post-exilic period, along with situations of diglossia in other Semitic languages, may prove useful in discerning instances in which spoken elements penetrated the otherwise literary register of BH.

Some scholars are confident that the situation of diglossia of the Second Temple Period provides a window into a similar situation in First Temple times. Thus Rendsburg (1990a: 22–25) has proposed a methodology according to which colloquial linguistic elements can be detected in BH. , Arabic or Ethiopic). Notwithstanding the apparent logic of the guidelines just described, it is clear that they cannot provide unequivocal answers to many of the complex questions related to the issue. An early form of RH was indeed a spoken vernacular and a form of Hebrew similar to that used in the majority of the DSS apparently served as a contemporaneous literary medium.

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