Beyond Babel

Peter Kirk Peter_R_Kirk at
Wed Dec 18 20:02:00 EST 2002

Has anyone read or seen a review of the following recent JBL
publication? (See and

Beyond Babel: A Handbook for Biblical Hebrew and Related Languages  
Author Kaltner , McKenzie
ISBN /ISSN 1589830350    
Member / Non-Member Price:  $29.95    
Publication Date 11/15/02    

This book provides an introduction to the languages that are important
for the study of the Hebrew Bible and ancient Israel. It contains
articles on Akkadian, Arabic, Aramaic, Egyptian, Biblical and Epigraphic
Hebrew, Post-biblical Hebrew, Hittite, Phoenician, the Northwest Semitic
dialects (Ammonite, Edomite, and Moabite), and Ugaritic. The
contributors are Peggy L. Day, Frederick E. Greenspahn, Jo Ann Hackett,
Harry A. Hoffner, Jr., John Kaltner, Baruch A. Levine, David Marcus,
Simon B. Parker, and Donald B. Redford. A general introduction by John
Huehnergard discusses the importance of the study of Near Eastern
languages for biblical scholarship, helping to make the volume an ideal
resource for persons beginning an in-depth study of the Hebrew Bible.
John Kaltner is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Rhodes
College in Memphis, Tennessee. Steven L McKenzie is Professor of Hebrew
Bible/Old Testament at Rhodes College. Hardback edition available from
Brill Academic Publishers (

Peter Kirk
peter.r.kirk at

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