[b-hebrew] Use of cognate languages in the interpretation of Biblical Hebrew

David Kummerow farmerjoeblo at hotmail.com
Wed Oct 22 00:10:55 EDT 2008

Try the following:

Garr, W. Randall. 2004. Dialect Geography of Syria–Palestine 1000–586 
B.C.E. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns.

Huehnergard, John. 2002. “Comparative Semitic Linguistics.” Israel 
Oriental Studies 20: 119-150.

Huehnergard, John. 2004. “Afro-Asiatic.” Pages 138-159 in The Cambridge 
Encyclopedia of the World’s Ancient Languages. Edited by Roger D. 
Woodard. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Huehnergard, John. 2005. “Features of Central Semitic.” Pages 155-203 in 
Biblical and Oriental Essays in Memory of William L. Moran. Edited by 
Agustinus Gianto. Biblica et Orientalia 48. Roma: Pontificio Istituto 

Lipiński, Edward. 2001. Semitic Languages: Outline of a Comparative 
Grammar. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 80. Leuven: Peeters.

David Kummerow.

> Does anybody know of a good starting point for understanding the 
> reasoning and rationale behind the use of cognate languages in the 
> interpretation of Biblical Hebrew?  It seems to be a generally agreed 
> upon principle that there is value in it, but I'd like to know the 
> origin of the practice and upon what assumptions it rests.  Any help is 
> appreciated.
> Thanks!
> Matthew Dent

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