[b-hebrew] Dating the Psalms by language

Ian Young ian.young at arts.usyd.edu.au
Sun Oct 31 20:06:45 EST 2004

Hi Dora,

That's a good comment (read: I agree).  Language was subject to

I should say that while I admire Hurvitz and his work, I am no longer in
agreement with his conclusions.  For this you can see my article in the
book I mentioned.  Also note the title of the paper I am scheduled to
give later this month at the SBL in San Antonio:  "Biblical Texts Cannot
Be Dated Linguistically".

Oh there I go selling something again.


Ian Young
Sydney University

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From: "Dora Smith" <villandra at austin.rr.com>
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I am wondering;

Wouldn't psalms that got put through the redaction process after the
have been transposed into the later Hebrew?    So that from the language
know a psalm was written by a certain date but not that it wasn't
hundreds of years earlier?

Dora Smith
Austin, Texas
The American Colonies
villandra at austin.rr.com
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> Hi Chris,
> The classic study is:
> Avi Hurvitz, The Transition Period in Biblical Hebrew: A Study of
> Post-Exilic Hebrew and its Implications for the Dating of Psalms,
> [Hebrew] Jerusalem, Bialik, 1972.
> This is the foundational study for Hurvitz's method of identifying
> Biblical Hebrew".  But yes, it is in Hebrew.
> A summary, focussing on methodology, was published in English as:
> Avi Hurvitz, "Linguistic Criteria for Dating Problematic Biblical
> Texts", Hebrew Abstracts 14, 1973, p.74-79.
> Basically all the Psalms that Hurvitz suggests are Late are numbered
> 100+.
> Let me also try to sell you something.  A collection of articles
> for and against a chronological approach to Biblical Hebrew is:
> Ian Young (ed), Biblical HebrewStudies in Chronology and Typology,
> JSOTSup 369, T&T Clark, London, 2003.
> Ian Young
> Sydney University

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