A History of the Hebrew Language
A History of the Hebrew Language is a comprehensive description of Hebrew from its Semitic origins and the earliest settlement of the Israelite tribes in Canaan to the present day. Professor Sáenz-Badillos sets Hebrew in the context of the Northwest Semitic languages and examines the origins of Hebrew and its earliest manifestations in ancient Biblical poetry, inscriptions, and prose written before the Babylonian exile. He looks at the different medieval traditions of pointing classical Biblical Hebrew texts and the characteristic features of the post-exilic language, including the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He gives particular attention to Rabbinic and medieval Hebrew, especially as evidenced in writings from Spain. His survey concludes with the revival of the language in this century in the form of Israeli Hebrew.
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accepted Akkadian alef Arabic Aramaic archaic Babylonian Ben-Asher Ben-Hayyim Bible biblical Blau calques Canaanite century BCE Codex consonantal consonants Dead Sea Scrolls dialects E.Y. Kutscher employed especially example expressions feminine forms Goshen-Gottstein grammar graphemes Greek gutturals Hebrew language ibn Ezra infinitive absolute infinitive construct influence inscriptions Jerusalem Jewish Kahle laryngeals later linguistic literary literature liturgical M.H. Segal manuscripts masculine Masoretic matres lectionis mediaeval Menahem millennium BCE Mishnah Morag morphological Moses ibn Ezra Northwest Semitic Northwest Semitic languages nouns original Palestinian participle pathah patterns paytanim period person singular pharyngeals Phoenician phonemes piyyut plural poetry prefix-conjugation pron pronominal suffix pronoun pronunciation prose Proto-Semitic qames Qumran rabbinic regarded represented Saadiah Samaritan Samaritan Hebrew Sefer segol Semitic languages shewa spoken suffix-conjugation syntax tenses texts third person Tiberian transcriptions translation Ugaritic usage various verb vocabulary vocalization vowels words writing Yeivin