Linguistic Studies on Biblical Hebrew


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This volume presents the research insights of twelve new studies by fourteen linguists examining a range of Biblical Hebrew grammatical phenomena. The contributions proceed from the second international workshop of the Biblical Hebrew Linguistics and Philology network (, initiated in 2017 to bring together theoretical linguists and Hebraists in order to reinvigorate the study of Biblical Hebrew grammar. Recent linguistic theory is applied to the study of the ancient language, and results in innovative insight into pausal forms, prosodic dependency, ordinal numeral syntax, ellipsis, the infinitive system, light verbs, secondary predicates, verbal semantics of the Hiphil binyan, and hybrid constructions.

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Robert D. Holmstedt, Ph.D. (2002), University of Wisconsin - Madison, is Professor of Biblical Hebrew at the University of Toronto. He has published a monograph, grammatical commentaries, and many articles on the Hebrew text of the Bible and the structure of Biblical Hebrew and other ancient West Semitic languages.
1 Introduction: Linguistic Theory and Philology in the Study of Biblical Hebrew
Robert Holmstedt

2 Pausal vs. Context Forms in Tiberian Hebrew: A Multi-Planer Analysis of Vowel Reduction and Stress
Roman Himmelreich and Outi Bat-El

3 Prosodic Dependency in Tiberian Hebrew
Vincent DeCaen and B. Elan Dresher

4 Ordinals in Biblical Hebrew
Susan Rothstein and Adina Moshavi

5 Investigating Ellipsis in Biblical Hebrew
Robert D. Holmstedt

6 A Unified Account of the Infinitive Absolute in Biblical Hebrew
Elizabeth Cowper and Vincent Decaen

7 The Nature of the Infinitive Absolute
Galia Hatav

8 The Infinitive in Biblical Hebrew
Edit Doron

9 Light Verbs in Biblical Hebrew
Tod Snider

10 Argument Sharing Secondary Predicates in Biblical Hebrew
Jacques Boulet

11 The Causative-Inchoative Alternation and the Semantics of Hiphil
Kevin Grasso

12 Hybrid Syntactic Constructions in BH
Tamar Zewi

All interested in Biblical Hebrew grammar and anyone interested in the application of modern linguistic theory to an ancient, no-longer-spoken language.
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