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Studies in Rabbinic Hebrew

Studies in Rabbinic Hebrew Shai Heijmans (ed.)
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This volume presents a collection of articles centring on the language of the Mishnah and the Talmud – the most important Jewish texts (after the Bible), which were compiled in Palestine and Babylonia in the latter centuries of Late Antiquity. Despite the fact that Rabbinic Hebrew has been the subject of growing academic interest across the past century, very little scholarship has been written on it in English.

Studies in Rabbinic Hebrew addresses this lacuna, with eight lucid but technically rigorous articles written in English by a range of experienced scholars, focusing on various aspects of Rabbinic Hebrew: its phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics and lexicon. This volume is essential reading for students and scholars of Rabbinic studies alike, and constitutes the second in a new series, Studies in Semitic Languages and Cultures, in collaboration with the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Studies in Rabbinic Hebrew
Shai Heijmans (ed.) | May 2020
240 pp. | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
Semitic Languages and Cultures vol 2 | ISSN: 2632-6906 (Print); 2632-6914 (Online)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783746804
ISBN Hardback: 9781783746811
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ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783746835
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DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0164
Subject codes: BIC: HRCG (Biblical studies and exegesis), CFF (Historical and comparative linguistics), CFP (Translation and interpretation); BISAC: REL006020 (RELIGION / Biblical Biography / General), LAN009010 (LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative); OCLC Number: 1164615251.

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Introduction Download
Shai Heijmans

1. Rabba and Rava, ʾAbba and ʾAva: Spelling, Pronunciation and Meaning Download
Yochanan Breuer

2. The Vocalisation of MS Cambridge of the Mishnah: An Encounter Between Traditions Download
Yehudit Henshke

3. Adjacency Pairs and Argumentative Steps in The Halakhic Give-and-Take Conversations in The Mishnah Download
Rivka Shemesh-Raiskin

4. Tannaitic Aramaic: Methodological Remarks and a Test Case Download
Christian Stadel

5. Rabbinic Entries in R. Judah Ibn-Tibbon's Translation of Duties of the Hearts Download
Barak Avirbach

6. The Distinction Between Branches of Rabbinic Hebrew in Light of the Hebrew of the Late Midrash Download
Yehonatan Wormser

7. Two Textual Versions of Psiqata of the Ten Commandments Download
Shlomi Efrati

8. Vowel Reduction in Greek Loanwords in the Mishnah: The Phenomenon and Its Significance Download
Shai Heijmans

About the Publishing Team

Yochanan Breuer is a professor in the Department of Hebrew Language at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been a Visiting Professor at Yeshiva University and at Yale University. Since 2002 he has been a member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language. His main research interests are Rabbinic Hebrew and Jewish Babylonian Aramaic, on which he has published extensively. His book From Babylonian Aramaic to Palestinian Hebrew is about to be published by the Academy of the Hebrew Language. He is a co-editor of the journal Language Studies.

Yehudit Henshke is a professor in the Department of Hebrew Language at the University of Haifa. Her fields of interest include Mishnaic Hebrew, Jewish languages, Judaeo-Arabic, and Modern Hebrew. She has published a book and various articles related to these fields. She has also served as editor of the journal Carmillim: For the Study of Hebrew and Related Languages. In the past decade she has been conducting a broad research project on Mizrahi Hebrew, which considers the influence of Judaeo-Arabic and the traditional Hebrew of the Islamic Jewish communities on contemporary Hebrew. She is also the founder and director of a project of preservation and documentation of Jewish languages and cultures (Mother Tongue: http://www.lashon.org/en).

Rivka Shemesh-Raiskin is a senior lecturer in the department of Hebrew and Semitic languages at Bar-Ilan University. Her main research areas are syntax, discourse analysis, semantics, and pragmatics of classic Hebrew, and in particular Mishnaic Hebrew. Her book Halachic Give-and-Take Conversations in the Mishnah (in Hebrew) will be published this year by The Academy of the Hebrew Language Press.

Christian Stadel is a Senior Lecturer at the department of Hebrew Language at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva. His main research interests are Aramaicdialectology and the languages of the Samaritans. He has authored two books: Hebraismen in den aramäischen Texten vom Toten Meer (Heidelberg: Winter, 2008) and The Morphosyntax of Samaritan Aramaic (Jerusalem: Mosad Bialik, 2013). Currently, he is working on the Samaritan Targum.

Barak Avirbach is a lecturer at the Department of Hebrew Language and at the MEd program, Oranim Academic College of Education, Tivon (Israel). His main research interest is Medieval Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic, especially aspects of its lexicon, morphology, syntax, philology, translation studies and mutual influence. In his doctoral dissertation he presented a philological survey of the witnesses to Ibn-Tibbon’s translation of Ibn-Paquda’s Duties of the Hearts, and composed a Hebrew–Arabic glossary of the entire nominal lexicon in this translation.

Yehonatan Wormser teaches Hebrew language and linguistics in Efrata College of Education in Jerusalem and serves as Ben-Yehudah fellow at the Department of Hebrew Language in The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on Rabbinic Hebrew, especially on the Hebrew of the Late Midrash, and the history of Hebrew linguistics in the Middle Ages and Early Modern eras.

Shlomi Efrati is a PhD student at the department of Talmud and Halakhah and the Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Having accomplished his MA thesis on the text of Rashi’s commentary to tractate Bava Kamma, he is now writing his dissertation on "Psiqata of Ten Commandments and Psiqta of Matan Torah: Text, Redaction and Tradition Analysis”, under the supervision of Prof Menahem Kister. His research interests include rabbinic literature, pseudepigrapha and Qumran writings, textual criticism, and the development and evolution of exegetical traditions.

Shai Heijmans is a post-doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in the University of Cambridge. He has completed his MA thesis on the morphology of Palestinian Aramaic, and his PhD on Greek and Latin loanwords in Rabbinic Hebrew, both at Tel Aviv University. His research interests are Rabbinic Hebrew, Palestinian Aramaic, and pronunciation traditions of Biblical Hebrew. He is now working on a new edition of the Mishnah according to Codex Kaufmann.