The 21 essays in this volume deal with the language and text of Hebrew corpora from the Second Temple period. They were originally presented at the Eighth International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira, held in January 2016 in Jerusalem.
Most of the papers focus on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the light of First and Second Temple Hebrew. A few of the contributions are devoted primarily to the language of Ben Sira, Samaritan Hebrew, and Mishnaic Hebrew. You will find discussions of orthography, phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, language contact, and sociolinguistics.
Steven E. Fassberg, Ph.D. (1984), Harvard University, is the Caspar Levias Professor of Ancient Semitic Languages at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has written on Hebrew and Aramaic dialectology.
1 On Some Words in Two of the Dead Sea Scrolls Moshe Bar-Asher
2 The Aramaic Influence on Mishnaic Hebrew: Borrowing or Interference? Edward M. Cook
3 A Reappraisal of Three Philological Comparisons between Biblical Hebrew and the Hebrew of Ben Sira Haim Dihi
4 Sixty Years of Publications on the Dead Sea Scrolls: Discoveries in the Judaean Desert in Perspective Devorah Dimant
5 Trends and Methodologies in the Study of Qumran Hebrew Steven E. Fassberg
6 The Word אמת in the Dead Sea Scrolls Steven D. Fraade
7 The wqatal Form in Sectarian Instructive Texts Gregor Geiger
8 The Linguistic Profile of Select Reworked Bible Material vis-à-vis Masoretic Hebrew and Some Ramifications Thereof Aaron D. Hornkohl
9 The Hebrew of the Book of Jubilees at Qumran Daniel A. Machiela
10 The Discoveries in the Judaean Desert (DJD) Series and the Linguistic Study of Ancient Hebrew Noam Mizrahi
11 Hidden and Evident Aramaic Influences on Qumran Hebrew Matthew Morgenstern
12 Verbal Rection in Qumran Hebrew Takamitsu Muraoka
13 The Significance of the Finite Verb Conjugations in the Hebrew Dead Sea Scrolls Ken M. Penner
14 Aramaisms in Hymn 32 (1QHa 24:2–25:33) Gary A. Rendsburg
15 Geminate Verbs in the Hebrew of the Wisdom of Ben Sira Eric D. Reymond
16 Language and Group Identity in the Dead Sea Scrolls: the Case for an “Essene Hebrew” William M. Schniedewind
17 The Infinitive Absolute in Samaritan Hebrew Stefan Schorch
18 The Use of גם and אף in Qumran Hebrew Christian Stadel
19 Orthographic Practices in the Biblical Texts Emanuel Tov
20 Promises and Challenges in Designing Stylometric Analyses for Classical Hebrew Pierre Van Hecke and Johan de Joode
21 New Readings in the “Commentary on Genesis D” (4Q254a) Scroll Alexey Eliyahu Yuditsky
Index of Words and Phrases Index of Authors Index of Ancient Texts Index of Subjects
All interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the history of the Hebrew language, and Hebrew in the Second Temple period.