Biblical Texts Cannot be Dated Linguistically

  title={Biblical Texts Cannot be Dated Linguistically},
  author={Ian Young},
  journal={Hebrew Studies},
  pages={341 - 351}
  • I. Young
  • Published 2005
  • Linguistics
  • Hebrew Studies
Linguistic evidence alone is not able to date biblical texts. Among the arguments challenged in this paper are that the archaic linguistic forms of Archaic Biblical Hebrew poems such as the Song of Moses in Exodus 15 demonstrate the great antiquity of those texts; that Standard Biblical Hebrew, such as the prose of the book of Samuel, is a phenomenon restricted to the pre-exilic or monarchic period of Israelite history; and that biblical texts which share the features of Late Biblical Hebrew as… 
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