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By Aaron Hornkohl

In historic Hebrew Periodization and the Language of the booklet of Jeremiah, Aaron Hornkohl defends the diachronic method of Biblical Hebrew and the linguistic relationship of biblical texts. employing the traditional methodologies to the Masoretic model of the biblical booklet of Jeremiah, he seeks to this point the paintings at the foundation of its linguistic profile, settling on that, even though composite, Jeremiah is probably going a made from the transitional time among the 1st and moment Temple Periods.

Hornkohl additionally contributes to unraveling Jeremiah’s complex literary improvement, arguing at the foundation of language that its 'short edition', as mirrored within the book’s previous Greek translation, predates that 'supplementary fabric' preserved within the Masoretic version yet unprecedented within the Greek. however, he concludes that nor is written in past due Biblical Hebrew right.

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With reference to the assumed orthographical modernization and the possibility of a more comprehensive linguistic revision: the MT indeed appears to have undergone a spelling update and it is possible to envision a situation in which the scribes responsible for the revision extended their work beyond orthographical issues to include the domains of phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon. 92 The hypothesis that the MT is the product of a comprehensive linguistic revision should by all means be considered.

The presence of the latter at Qumran adds weight to the claim that the writers of the scrolls spoke a form of early RH while they most often wrote in a language similar to BH. , however, the opinion of Qimron (2000), who sees in 24 chapter 1 In other words, the post-biblical period was characterized by a situation of diglossia,74 in which a register similar to RH served as the spoken medium and one similar to DSS Hebrew as the literary language. To what extent this situation of diglossia can be projected back into the linguistic reality of the First Temple Period is unclear.

Stylistic conservatism within the poetic genre likely resulted in the preservation of linguistic features characteristic of an early stage of the language which had become obsolete in then-current non-poetic genres. Thus, there are many linguistic parallels between the epic poetry from Ugarit (destroyed in the early 12th century bce) and the poetry of the Hebrew Bible. On the other hand, some features, particularly in the realm of the lexicon and morphology, resemble the Aramaic borrowings so characteristic of LBH, but are in reality 76 Blau 1998: 13.

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