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A Grammar of the Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts

Greek Influence on Egyptian-Coptic

A Grammar of the Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts by James P. Allen

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A Grammar of the Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts is designed as a six-volume study of the earliest comprehensive corpus of ancient Egyptian texts, inscribed in the pyramids of five pharaohs of the Old Kingdom (ca. 2325–2150 BC) and several of their queens. The first volume, devoted to the earliest corpus, that of Unis, is based on a database that allows for detailed analysis of the orthography of the texts and every aspect of their grammar; it includes a complete hieroglyphic lexicon of the texts and  . . . (more)

Greek Influence on Egyptian-Coptic Edited by Eitan Grossman, et al.

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Coptic, the latest phase of the Ancient Egyptian language, existed from beginning to end in a multi­lingual space. The indigenous Egyptian language had been in contact with Greek—and other languages—from the first millennium BCE, as well as Arabic, since the Arab conquest of Egypt in 641 CE. In effect, this is the earliest and best-attested situation of stable language contact in the ancient world. It is also a rich source for studies on lexical borrowing, since about 5000 loanwords from Greek and some 500 from Arabic form p . . . (more)

A Handbook of Biblical Hebrew

Advances in Biblical Hebrew Linguistics

A Handbook of Biblical Hebrew Edited by W. Randall Garr and Steven E. Fassberg

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Biblical Hebrew is studied worldwide by university students, seminarians, and the educated public. It is also studied, almost universally, through a single prism—that of the Tiberian Masoretic tradition, which is the best attested and most widely available tradition of Biblical Hebrew. Thanks in large part to its endorsement by Maimonides, it also became the most prestigious vocalization tradition in the Middle Ages. For most, Biblical Hebrew is synonymous with Tiberian Biblical Hebrew.

There are, however, other vocalization tra . . . (more)

Advances in Biblical Hebrew Linguistics Edited by Adina Moshavi and Tania Notarius

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In recent decades, the study of Biblical Hebrew has profited enormously from the application of methodologies derived from general linguistics. During the 16th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Adina Moshavi and Tania Notarius organized sessions devoted to exploring new developments in Biblical Hebrew linguistics, bringing together many of the world’s experts in the field. The papers in this volume are based on research presented at those sessions, along with additional articles specifically written for this volume. The essays included  . . . (more)

The Verb in the Amarna Letters from Canaan
The Relative Clause in Biblical Hebrew
Babel und Bibel 9

The Verb in the Amarna Letters from Canaan

by Krzysztof J. Baranowski

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The Amarna letters from Canaan offer us a unique glimpse of the historical and linguistic panorama of the Levant in the middle of the fourteenth century BCE. Their evidence regarding verbs is crucial for the historical and comparative study of the Semitic languages. Proper evaluation of this evidence requires an understanding of its scribal origin and nature. For this reason, The Verb in the Amarna Letters from Canaan addresses the historical circumstances in which the linguistic code of the letters was born and the unique charac . . . (more)

The Relative Clause in Biblical Hebrew

by Robert D. Holmstedt

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This book is the result of 15 years of research on the ancient Hebrew relative clause as well as the effective application of modern linguistic approaches to an ancient language corpus. Though the ostensible topic is the relative clause, including a full discussion of the various relative words used to introduce Hebrew relative clauses and a detailed presentation of the relevant comparative Semitic data, this work also carefully navigates the challenges of analyzing a “dead” language and offers a methodological road map for the analysis . . . (more)

Babel und Bibel 9

Edited by Leonid Kogan and Natalia V. Koslova

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This is the ninth volume of Babel und Bibel, an annual of ancient Near Eastern, Old Testament, and Semitic studies. The principal goal of the annual is to reveal the inherent relationship between Assyriology, Semitics, and biblical studies—a relationship that our predecessors comprehended and fruitfully explored but that is often neglected today. The title Babel und Bibel is intended to point to the possibility of fruitful collaboration among the three disciplines, in an effort to explore the various civilizations of . . . (more)