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Biblical Hebrew in Context: Essays in Semitics and Old Testament Texts in Honour of Professor Jan P. Lettinga
van Bekkum, Koert, Gert Kwakkel and Wolter H. Rose, editors

Leiden: Brill, 2018 pp. xv + 199. $102.00

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Oudtestamentische StudiŽn, 74

Description: For half a century Jan P. Lettinga (1921), Professor emeritus of Semitic Languages at the Theological University Kampen (Broederweg), greatly influenced the teaching of Biblical Hebrew in the Faculties of Theology, Religious Studies, and Semitic Languages in the Netherlands and Belgium by his widely used grammar. This volume honours his legacy and reputation as a Semitist. Lettinga always asked how a historical approach of the Semitic languages and literature would contribute to their understanding, and how this elucidates our reading of the Hebrew Scriptures. Biblical Hebrew in Context applies this approach to issues reflecting the full breadth of Lettinga's interests: Mesopotamian and Biblical Law, the history, grammar and teaching of Hebrew and Aramaic, and the translation and interpretation of Ugaritic and Old Testament texts. Contributors include M.F.J. Baasten, K. van Bekkum, W.A.M. Beuken, J. Dekker, J.J.T. Doedens, G. Kwakkel, T. Muraoka, H.G.L. Peels, W.Th. van Peursen, W.H.Ph. RŲmer, W.H. Rose, and K.R. Veenhof.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Ancient Near East, Other ANE Literature, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Translation and Translation Theory, Philology, Dead Sea Scrolls, Reception History

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Review by Johannes F. Diehl
Published 12/26/2019
Citation: Johannes F. Diehl, review of Koert Van Bekkum, Gert Kwakkel , and Wolter H. Rose, eds., Biblical Hebrew in Context: Essays in Semitics and Old Testament Texts in Honour of Professor Jan P. Lettinga, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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