New Perspectives in Biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew - cover image

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Aaron D. Hornkohl; Geoffrey Khan

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  • English

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806 pages (xl+766)


Paperback156 x 41 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.6" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 43 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.69" x 9.21")


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Hardback2863g (100.99oz)



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  • HRCG
  • CFF
  • CFP


  • REL006020
  • LAN009010


  • Hebrew language studies
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Rabbinic Hebrew
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New Perspectives in Biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew

Most of the papers in this volume originated as presentations at the conference Biblical Hebrew and Rabbinic Hebrew: New Perspectives in Philology and Linguistics, which was held at the University of Cambridge, 8–10th July, 2019. The aim of the conference was to build bridges between various strands of research in the field of Hebrew language studies that rarely meet, namely philologists working on Biblical Hebrew, philologists working on Rabbinic Hebrew and theoretical linguists.

This volume is the published outcome of this initiative. It contains peer-reviewed papers in the fields of Biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew that advance the field by the philological investigation of primary sources and the application of cutting-edge linguistic theory. These include contributions by established scholars and by students and early career researchers.

Table of Contents


Aaron D. Hornkohl and Geoffrey Khan

The Alphabetic Revolution, Writing Systems, and Scribal Training in Ancient Israel

Aaron Koller

Hissing, Gnashing, Piercing, Cracking: Naming Vowels in Medieval Hebrew

Nick Posegay

III-y Imperatives in Ancient Hebrew

Steven E. Fassberg

Frequency, Analogy, and Suppletion: √hlk in the Semitic Languages

Jorik (F. J.) Groen

On the Morphology of the Guttural Verbs in Sephardic Traditions in the Early Modern Period

Ariel Gabbay

Comparative Semitic and Hebrew Plural Morphemes

Na’ama Pat-El

Proper Names as Predicates in Biblical Hebrew

Elisheva Jeffay

The Shift from the Biblical Hebrew Far Demonstrative ההוא to Mishnaic Hebrew אותו

Chanan Ariel

Biblical Hebrew Short Yiqṭol and the ‘Consecutive Tenses’

Bo Isaksson

The Rise of Wayyiqṭol

Elizabeth Robar

Notes on the Lengthened Imperfect Consecutive in Late Biblical Hebrew

Ambjörn Sjörs

The Coding of Discourse Dependency in Biblical Hebrew Consecutive Weqaṭal and Wayyiqṭol

Geoffrey Khan

A Tense Question: Does Hebrew Have a Future?

Aaron D. Hornkohl

On Pragmatics and Grammar in Biblical Hebrew: Predicate Adjectives and Stative Verbs

Ethan Jones

Nifʿal Verbs in the Book of Genesis and Their Contribution to Meaning

Ellen van Wolde

הָיָה in Biblical Hebrew

Daniel Wilson

The Coordination of Biblical Hebrew Finite Verb Forms and Infinitives in Comparative Semitic and Typological Perspective

Lutz Edzard

Parts of Speech in Biblical Hebrew Time Phrases: A Cognitive-Statistical Analysis

Cody Kingham

Polysemous Adverbial Conjunctions in Biblical Hebrew: An Application of Diachronic Semantic Maps

Christian Locatell

Differentiating Left Dislocation Constructions in Biblical Hebrew

Cynthia L. Miller-Naudé and Jacobus A. Naudé

Biblical Hebrew and Cognitive Linguistics: A General Orientation

Christo H. J. van der Merwe

From לוּ חַ to סֵפֶר and Back: An Episode in Biblical Hebrew Historical Linguistics

Tania Notarius

Israelian Hebrew in the Book of Amos

Gary A. Rendsburg

Attitudes towards Rabbinic Hebrew as Reflected in Hebrew Grammars during the Jewish Enlightenment

Yehonatan Wormser