What other ancient Hebrew texts?

Peter Kirk Peter_Kirk at sil.org
Wed Feb 28 13:10:04 EST 2001

There is also, of course, the Hebrew version of the book of Sirach.

Peter Kirk

-----Original Message-----
From: Raymond de Hoop [mailto:rdehoop at keyaccess.nl]
Sent: 28 February 2001 09:36
To: Biblical Hebrew
Subject: Re: What other ancient Hebrew texts?

On 26-02-2001 15:44 Karen Spray <karen.spray at lineone.net> wrote:

> I was wondering what (if any) other Hebrew texts of comparative antiquity
> exist which might shed light on word meanings etc in the Hebrew Bible.


there are Hebrew inscriptions dating from the biblical times. However, they
do not help very much with regard to the meaning of words, though sometimes
they do. 

On the other hand, sometimes they are rather revolutionary with regard to
the religion or history of ancient Israel. For example, an inscription from
Kuntillet `Ajrud mentions that Yhwh has an Ashera. An inscription from Tel
Dan (though in Aramaic) mentions the _BYTDWD_ which refers to the house of
David (see http://members.nbci.com/gathas/teldan.htm for much more

In case you're interested in some additional material for the study of the
meaning of (Biblical) Hebrew words, you will have to study some other
NW-Semitic languages, like Aramaic and Ugaritic.

Hope this helps. Regards,



Dr Raymond de Hoop          Tel.: ++31 50 553 0115
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