Biblical Hebrew Changed, but How?The BAR article by Hurvitz, which is behind a subscription wall, was noted here last week.
In a hot-off-the-press popular article in Biblical Archaeology Review (September/October 2016), Avi Hurvitz discusses “How Biblical Hebrew Changed.” It is certainly true that Biblical Hebrew evolved over time, but the particulars of how that happened are more complex and debated than Hurvitz acknowledges. The example that he discusses, ʾiggeret and sēfer for “letter,” is a case in point.
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An Unsettling Divide in Linguistic Dating and Historical Linguistics
By Robert Rezetko
Radboud University Nijmegen & University of Sydney
Thursday, September 08, 2016
On linguistic dating of biblical Hebrew
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