[b-hebrew] Review of Alter's Translation

Christopher V. Kimball mail at cvkimball.com
Wed Oct 27 11:54:19 EDT 2004

I've read the review and was struck by the following assertion attributed
to Sáenz-Badillos:

(The vernacular vocabulary, according to the Spanish Hebrew scholar Angel 
Sáenz-Badillos, must have exceeded the Bible’s—a lexicon “so restricted 
that it is hard to believe it could have served all the purposes of 
quotidian existence in a highly developed society.”)

Is the vocabulary too restricted for daily life in 6-th century BCE? Is it 
restricted compared to other documents of the same period?

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