Hebrew Texts and Language of the Second Temple Period

Proceedings of an Eighth Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira


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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.

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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.
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