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Modernization and conversion to world religions are threatening the survival of traditional belief systems, leaving behind only mysterious traces of their existence. This book, based upon extensive research conducted over a period of nearly four decades, brings scientific rigor to one of the questions that have always attracted human curiosity: that of the origin of the “dragon”.
The author demonstrates that both dragons and rainbows are cultural universals, that many of the traits that are attributed to dragons in widely separated part of the planet are also attributed to rainbows, and that the number and antiquity of such shared traits cannot be attributed to chance or common inheritance, but rather to common cognitive pathways by which human psychology has responded to the natural environment in a wide array of cultures around the world.
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This volume honors the extraordinary scholarship of Prof. Gary Rendsburg, whose work and friendship have influenced so many in the last five decades. Twenty-five prominent scholars from the US, Europe, and Israel have contributed significant original studies in three of Rendsburg’s areas of interest and expertise: Hebrew language, Hebrew Bible, and Hebrew manuscripts. These linguistic, philological, literary, epigraphic, historical, and approaches to the study of Hebrew and its textual traditions serve as a worthy tribute to such an accomplished scholar, and also as an illustration how all of these approaches can complement one another in the fields of Hebrew and Biblical Studies.

Contributors are Debra Scoggins Ballentine, Vincent D. Beiler, Adele Berlin, Christian M.M. Brady, Steven E. Fassberg, Edward L. Greenstein, C.G. Häberl, James K. Hoffmeier, Geoffrey Khan, Aaron Koller, Craig E. Morrison, Scott B. Noegel, Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, Benjamin M. Outhwaite, Frank H. Polak, Elizabeth Robar, Aaron D. Rubin, William M. Schniedewind, Stefan Schorch, Benjamin D. Sommer, Jeffrey H. Tigay, H.G.M. Williamson, Azzan Yadin-Israel, Ian Young, and Ziony Zevit.
This work looks at basic colour terms in Modern Irish by presenting the historical development of these terms since their earliest attestation and in comparison with the other Gaelic languages, namely, Scottish Gaelic and Manx. These terms are analysed based on lexicographical and didactic material, as well as their use in placenames and proverbs, resources with great potential but which have been underused in colour terminology research in general. Its conclusion is the presentation of fieldwork results with native speakers from all major Irish dialects based on their responses to the colours of items in pictures, research which has never been previously conducted, to see whether their use of colour terminology matches that as presented, and to comment on the current state of Irish basic colour terminology.