[b-hebrew] Linguistic Dating

Yitzhak Sapir yitzhaksapir at gmail.com
Tue Oct 30 03:57:07 EDT 2007


On 10/30/07, George Athas wrote:

> Actually, dating a book on linguistic grounds is very perilous indeed.
> The old distinction between Early Biblical Hebrew (EBH) and Late
> Biblical Hebrew (LBH) can no longer be sustained on chronological
> factors. They are distinct types of Hebrew, yes. However, close
> analysis reveals that both existed at the same time. You can find
> features of both types of Hebrew in books associated with both the
> pre-exilic and post-exilic eras. In other words, they were
> contemporary of each other, one being perhaps the more conservative
> (EBH) and the other a bit freer (LBH). But we probably need to find
> some new terminology to talk about these types of Hebrew.
>
> Look out for a book on this topic next year by Young & Rezetko, and a
> follow-up volume by Young, Rezekto & Ehrensvärd.

It so happens  that as we speak, this topic is being discussed on ANE-2:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ANE-2/message/6422
(esp Frank Polak's reply)

Yitzhak Sapir



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