Qumran Hebrew: An Overview of Orthography, Phonology, and Morphology
Reymond, Eric D.
Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014 pp. xviii + 309. $37.95
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Description: In Qumran Hebrew, Reymond examines the orthography, phonology, and morphology of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Short sections treat specific linguistic phenomena and present a synopsis and critique of previous research. Reymond’s approach emphasizes problems posed by scribal errors and argues that guttural letters had not all “weakened” but instead were “weak” in specific linguistic environments, texts, or dialects. Reymond illustrates that certain phonetic shifts (such as the shift of yodh > aleph and the opposite shift of aleph > yodh) occur in discernible linguistic contexts that suggest this was a real phonetic phenomenon.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Linguistics
Review by Emanuel Tov
Citation: Emanuel Tov, review of Eric D. Reymond, Qumran Hebrew: An Overview of Orthography, Phonology, and Morphology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).
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