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The Reconfiguration of Hebrew in the Hellenistic Period: Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira at Strasbourg University, June 2014
Joosten, Jan, Daniel Machiela and Jean-Sébastien Rey, editors

Leiden: Brill, 2018 pp. vii + 282. $132.00

Series Information
Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah, 124

Description: The present volume of proceedings offers cutting-edge research on the Hebrew language in the late Persian, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Fourteen specialists of ancient Hebrew illuminate various aspects of the language, from phonology through grammar and syntax to semantics and interpretation. The research furthers the exegesis of biblical and non-biblical texts, it helps determine the chronological outline of Hebrew literature, and contributes to a better understanding of the sociolinguistic aspects of the language in the period of the Second Temple. Hebrew did not die out after the Babylonian exile, but continued to be used in speaking and writing in a variety of settings. Contributors include Chanan Ariel, Moshe Bar-Asher, Mats Eskut, Steven E. Fassberg, Robert D. Holmstedt, Aaron D. Hornkohl, Jan Joosten, Daniel Machiela, Noam Mizrahi, Takamitsu Muraoka, Tzvi Novick, Gary A. Rendsburg, Jean-Sébastian Rey, Eric D. Reymond, and Alexey Eliyahu Yuditsky.

Subjects: Bible, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Hebrew, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Greco-Roman Period

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Review by Ethan C. Jones
Published 5/21/2020
Citation: Ethan C. Jones, review of Jan Joosten, Daniel Machiela, and Jean-Sébastien Rey, eds., The Reconfiguration of Hebrew in the Hellenistic Period: Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira at Strasbourg University, June 2014, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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