Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew
Miller-Naudť, Cynthia and Ziony Zevit, editors
Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 2012 pp. xviii + 525. $64.50
Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic, 8
Description: Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew is an indispensable publication for biblical scholars, whose interpretations of scriptures must engage the dates when texts were first composed and recorded, and for scholars of language, who will want to read these essays for the latest perspectives on the historical development of Biblical Hebrew. For Hebraists and linguists interested in the historical development of the Hebrew language, it is an essential collection of studies that address the language's development during the Iron Age (in its various subdivisions), the Neo-Babylonian and Persian periods, and the Early Hellenistic period. Written for both "text people" and "language people," this is the first book to address established Historical Linguistics theory as it applies to the study of Hebrew and to focus on the methodologies most appropriate for Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic. The book provides exemplary case studies of orthography, lexicography, morphology, syntax, language contact, dialectology, and sociolinguistics and, because of its depth of coverage, has broad implications for the linguistic dating of Biblical texts. The presentations are rounded out by useful summary histories of linguistic diachrony in Aramaic, Ugaritic, and Akkadian, the three languages related to and considered most crucial for Biblical research.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Hebrew
Review by Stephen A. Kaufman
Citation: Stephen A. Kaufman, review of Cynthia Miller-Naudť and Ziony Zevit, eds., Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).
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