Historical Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew: Steps Toward an Integrated Approach

  title={Historical Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew: Steps Toward an Integrated Approach},
  author={Robert Rezetko and Ian Young},
In this book the authors work toward constructing an approach to the history of ancient Hebrew that overcomes the chasm of academic specialization. The authors illustrate how cross-textual variable analysis and variation analysis advance research on Biblical Hebrew and correct theories based on extra-linguistic assumptions, intuitions, and ideologies by focusing on variation of forms/uses in the Masoretic text and variation between the Masoretic text and other textual traditions. 

Just a Little Bend on the S-Curve: The Rise and Fall of Linguistic Change in Post-Classical Biblical Hebrew

  • T. Notarius
  • Linguistics
    Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament
  • 2018
ABSTRACT The paper deals with the text-critical challenge and the variationist analysis in application to the historical linguistics of Biblical Hebrew, coming out in recent research, particularly in

The Interface Between Language and Realia In the Preexilic Books of the Bible

Abstract:The distinction between the Standard Biblical Hebrew of the preexilic period and Late Biblical Hebrew of the postexilic one is at present widely accepted in the scholarship. Some scholars

The contribution of Qumran to historical Hebrew linguistics: Evidence from the syntax of participial negation

In this article we examine how Qumran Hebrew can contribute to our knowledge of historical Hebrew linguistics. The premise of this paper is that Qumran Hebrew reflects a distinct stage in the

Starting at the Beginning with Archaic Biblical Hebrew

Abstract:The text-critical paradigm of Hebrew historical linguistics provides a new way of approaching the Archaic Biblical Hebrew poetry in the Hebrew Bible. Scholarship has generally proceeded on

Empirical Models Challenging Biblical Criticism

Empirical models based on ancient Near Eastern literature and variations between different textual traditions have been used to lend credibility to the identification of the sources behind biblical

Clustering Biblical Texts Using Re-current Neural Networks

This study examines linguistic variation within Biblical Hebrew by using Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs) to detect differences and cluster the Old Testament books accordingly. Various linguistic

‘And God Said: LetThere Be [a Structural Approach to Syntactic Diachrony in the Hebrew Bible]’

This thesis takes a structural-syntactic approach to the task of linguistically dating Biblical texts. More specifically, I take up three grammaticalization progressions/chains described

Grammatical polysemy in the Hebrew Bible : a cognitive linguistic approach to כי

definitions of יכ repeatedly face such difficulties. As will be discussed further in section 6.1.2, this is due to the fact that polysemy, rather than a highly abstract monosemy, is the norm in

Register and Rhetoric

Despite 4QMMT having been informally called a “Halakhic Letter” since its first publication, more recently some scholars have expressed skepticism as to the original genre of this text. This

Parallel Texts in the Hebrew Bible, New Methods and Visualizations

An algorithm to detect parallel texts in the Masoretic Text of the Hebrew Bible is developed and chapters in the Bible containing parallel passages can be inspected synoptically.



Once again: the problem of dating Biblical Hebrew

Abstract In a recent article it is claimed that linguistic considerations support “the minimalist school” hypothesis that the bulk of the Biblical texts were thoroughly revised or even composed in

The Nexus between Textual Criticism and Linguistics: A Case Study from Leviticus

Forty-five years after James Barr’s Comparative Philology and the Text of the Old Testament appeared, it is time to reiterate his call for a balanced approach to philology and textual criticism.

Hebrew Linguistics and Biblical Criticism: A Minimalist Programme

This paper introduces a programme in historical linguistics with important implications for biblical criticism. Traditionally, grammatical variation in the Bible has been interpreted in light of

Ancient Hebrew Periodization and the Language of the Book of Jeremiah: The Case for a Sixth-Century Date of Composition

In Ancient Hebrew Periodization and the Language of the Book of Jeremiah, Aaron Hornkohl attempts to date this biblical work, both as a whole and according to the constituent layers of which it is

The Power of Analogy: An Essay on Historical Linguistics

This study demonstrates how historical linguistics regains a central role for the understanding of language as soon as the artificial distinction between synchrony and diachrony is abandoned. The

An Historical Study of English: Function, Form and Change

Through his analysis of selected major developments in the history of English, Jeremy Smith argues that the history of the language can only be understood from a dynamic perspective. In this book, he

Principles of Akkadian Textual Criticism

Errors of many kinds abound in Akkadian writings, but this fact's far-reaching implications have never been unraveled and systematized. To attempt this is the aim of this book. Drawing on scholarship

Some false leads in the identification of late biblical Hebrew texts: The cases of Genesis 24 and 1 Samuel 2:27-36

ground.2 The identification of late biblical texts is often quite obvious. Books such as Ezra, Nehemiah, Chronicles, Esther, Daniel, Qohelet, Haggai, Zechariah, and some others clearly date from the

Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

Part 1 Scribal comments and corrections: the role of scribes in the transmission of biblical literature lexical and explicative comments pious revisions and theological addenda. Part 2 Legal

Text in context : essays by members of the Society for Old Testament Study

The Reader and the Text The Bible in Qumran and Early Judaism Canonical Criticism and Old Testament Theology Feminist Study of the Old Testament Old Testament Ethics Textual Criticism: The Ancient