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By William M. Schniedewind

More than just a mode of communique shared by way of a standard humans, the Hebrew language used to be constantly a vital part of the Jewish cultural method and, as such, tightly interwoven into the lives of the prophets, poets, scribes, and monks who used it. during this distinct social heritage, William Schniedewind examines classical Hebrew from its origins within the moment millennium BCE till the Rabbinic interval, whilst the foundations of Judaism as we all know it this day have been formulated, to view the tale of the Israelites in the course of the lens in their language.
Considering classical Hebrew from the point of view of a writing process instead of vernacular speech, Schniedewind demonstrates how the Israelites’ lengthy background of migration, warfare, exile, and different momentous occasions is mirrored in Hebrew’s linguistic evolution. a great addition to the fields of biblical and center japanese reviews, this attention-grabbing paintings brings linguistics and social background jointly for the 1st time to discover an historic culture.

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