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Beyond Babel: A Handbook for Biblical Hebrew and Related Languages
John Kaltner, Steven L. McKenzie
According to the well-known story in Genesis 11, the L
saw the Tower of Babel under construction and said, “Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech” (Gen 11:7,
). In generation after succeeding generation, students of the Bible have had reason to regret the confusion of languages in the biblical world and the ancient Near East.
helps to ease the pain of such students by providing a general introduction to and overview of the languages that are significant for the study of the Hebrew Bible and ancient Israel. Included are essays on biblical and inscriptional Hebrew, Akkadian, Northwest Semitic dialects (Ammonite, Edomite, and Moabite), Arabic, Aramaic, Egyptian, Hittite, Phoenician, postbiblical Hebrew, and Ugaritic.
Each chapter in the volume shares a common format, including an overview of the language, a discussion of its significance for the Hebrew Bible, and a list of ancient sources and modern resources for further study of the language. A general introduction by John Huehnergard discusses the importance of the study of Near Eastern languages for biblical scholarship, helping to make the volume an ideal resource for persons beginning an in-depth study of the Hebrew Bible.
is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and
Steven L. McKenzie
is Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
is a remarkably helpful survey of the languages pertinent to the study of Hebrew written by the most knowledgeable scholars in the field. The essays are up-to-date, informative, and clearly presented; they are thorough without being overwhelming. This collection should become required reading, not only for advanced students of Hebrew, but also for scholars working in other Semitic languages.”
—C. L. Seow, Henry Snyder Gehman Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey
“Introduction,” by John Huehnergard
“Akkadian,” by David Marcus
“Ammonite, Edomite, and Moabite,” by Simon B. Parker
“Arabic,” by John Kaltner
“Aramaic,” by Frederick E. Greenspahn
“Egyptian,” by Donald B. Redford
“Hebrew (Biblical and Epigraphic),” by Jo Ann Hackett
“Hebrew (Postbiblical),” by Baruch A. Levine
“Hittite,” by Harry A. Hoffner Jr.
“Phoenician,” by Charles R. Krahmalkov
“Ugaritic,” by Peggy L. Day
Read the review by James R. Getz Jr. in
Review of Biblical Literature.
Hardback edition available from Brill Academic Publishers (www.brill.nl)
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