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Text in ContextEssays by Members of the Society for Old Testament
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A. D. H. Mayes

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0198263910.001.0001

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The Hebrew Language

The Hebrew Language

(p.171) 7 The Hebrew Language
Text in Context

J. A. Emerton

Oxford University Press

This is the second of five chapters on the text of the Old Testament. It summarizes some developments in the study of the Hebrew language of the biblical period that have taken place since the years surveyed in Tradition and Interpretation (an earlier volume of essays by members of the Society for Old Testament Study, which was published in 1979). Here, attention is focused especially on the history of the development of the Hebrew language, which is important both in itself and because of its bearing on the composition and dating of the books of the Old Testament. Hence, the main section of the chapter is entitled ‘The history of the Hebrew language and its development’. The other, smaller, sections are: Grammar, syntax, and linguistics; The Hebrew verbal system; and Lexicography.

Keywords:   biblical period, development of the Hebrew language, Hebrew grammar, Hebrew language, Hebrew lexicography, Hebrew linguistics, Hebrew syntax, Hebrew verbal system, history of the Hebrew language, Old Testament, textual analysis

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