In December 1995 an international symposium was held in Leiden, concerning the subject of the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the book of Ben Sira. The papers, presented at this symposium, are collected in this volume. The papers deal with various aspects of grammar, syntax, and lexicon of Hebrew texts of the Judean Desert. They include the first publications of a Nahal Hever text, and the important apocryphal book of Ben Sira.
Takamitsu Muraoka, Ph.D. (1970) in Hebrew, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature, Ugaritic, and Israelite antiquities at Leiden University. His publications are concerned with Classical Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, and the Septuagint.
John F. Elwolde, Ph.D. (1988) in Linguistics, Hull, is an associate member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. His publications in the fields of Hebrew language and the Dead Sea Scrolls include translations of A. Saenz-Badillos's A history of the Hebrew Language (Cambridge, 1993) and M. Perez FernAndez's An Introductory Grammar of Rabbinic Hebrew (Leiden, 1997).
Students of Ancient Hebrew, especially Late Classical and Qumran Hebrew; specialists in Qumran texts and Hebrew literature of the Second Temple period.