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Eisenbrauns is featuring the titles in the Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic series at saving from 20–50% off retail. Cutting-edge scholarship at accessible prices—complete your collection today.

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The Verbless Clause in Biblical Hebrew The Verbless Clause in Biblical Hebrew
Linguistic Approaches

Edited by Cynthia L. Miller
Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic - LSAWS 1
Eisenbrauns, 1999. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9781575060361

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Thirty years after seminal studies by Francis I. Andersen and Jacob Hoftijzer, members of the 1996 SBL section on Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew gathered to reconsider the topic of the verbless clause in Hebrew. The results are published here, demonstrating the gains made in the interim and providing direction for future research.

Contents: Cynthia L. Miller, "Pivotal Issues in Analyzing the Verbless Clause"; Walter Gross, "Is There Really a Compound Nominal Clause in Biblical Hebrew"; Cameron Sinclair, "Are Nominal Clauses a . . . (more)


A Manual of Ugaritic A Manual of Ugaritic

by Pierre Bordreuil and Dennis Pardee
Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic - LSAWS 3
Eisenbrauns, 2009. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9781575061535.

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Second printing!
Pierre Bordreuil and Dennis Pardee are two of the best-known scholars doing research on the language and texts of the ancient city of Ugarit (modern Tell Ras Shamra). This grammar was first published in French in 2004 in two volumes; and Eisenbrauns is pleased to make it available now in a corrected and updated version, in one volume, with significant enhancements. In addition to including all of the information present in the French edition, this English edition includes a CD with a complete, hyperlinked PDF . . . (more)


Phonology and Morphology of Biblical Hebrew Phonology and Morphology of Biblical Hebrew
An Introduction

by Joshua Blau
Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic - LSAWS 2
Eisenbrauns, 2010. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9781575061290

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More than 80 years have passed since Bauer and Leander’s historical grammar of Biblical Hebrew was published, and many advances in comparative historical grammar have been made during the interim. Joshua Blau, who has for much of his life been associated with the Academy of the Hebrew Language in Jerusalem, has during the past half century studied, collected data, and written frequently on various aspects of the Hebrew language.

Phonology and Morphology of Biblical Hebrew had its origins in an introduction to Biblical Heb . . . (more)


Word Order in the Biblical Hebrew Finite Clause Word Order in the Biblical Hebrew Finite Clause

by Adina Moshavi
Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic - LSAWS 4
Eisenbrauns, 2016. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9781575064680

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Over the last 40 years, the study of word-order variation has become a prominent and fruitful field of research. Researchers of linguistic typology have found that every language permits a variety of word-order constructions, with subject, verb, and objects occupying varying positions relative to each other. It is frequently possible to classify one of the word orders as the basic or unmarked order and the others as marked.

Moshavi's study investigates word order in the finite nonsubordinate clause in classical Biblical . . . (more)


Oath Formulas in Biblical Hebrew Oath Formulas in Biblical Hebrew

by Blane Conklin
Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic - LSAWS 5
Eisenbrauns, 2011. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9781575062037

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The eponymous protagonist of the biblical story of Ruth, a Moabite widow, is so desperate to follow her widowed mother-in-law back to Israel that she swears an oath. Regardless of the translation one may choose, the sense is the same: Ruth promises to stick by Naomi’s side for at least as long as they both shall live. Ruth’s intention with respect to the two widows’ proximity once they cross the final river is not so unanimous in the translations, however. According to the nrsv, Ruth says . . . (more)


Biblical Hebrew Grammar Visualized Biblical Hebrew Grammar Visualized

by Francis I. Andersen and A. Dean Forbes
Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic - LSAWS 6
Eisenbrauns, 2012. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9781575062297

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In Biblical Hebrew Grammar Visualized, Andersen and Forbes approach the grammar of Biblical Hebrew from the perspective of corpus linguistics. Their pictorial representations of the clauses making up the biblical texts show the grammatical functions (subject, object, and so on) and semantic roles (surrogate, time interval, and so on) of clausal constituents, as well as the grammatical relations that bind the constituents into coherent structures.

The book carefully introduces the Andersen-Forbes approach to text . . . (more)


Time and the Biblical Hebrew Verb Time and the Biblical Hebrew Verb
The Expression of Tense, Aspect, and Modality in Biblical Hebrew

by John A. Cook
Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic - LSAWS 7
Eisenbrauns, 2016. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9781575064673

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The Biblical Hebrew verbal system continues to exercise scholars, and in this book John Cook interacts with the range of approaches to the perennial questions on the Hebrew verb in a fair-minded approach. Some of his answers may appear deceptively traditional, such as his perfective-imperfective identification of the qatal-yiqtol opposition. However, his approach is distinguished from the traditional approaches by its modern linguistic foundation. One distinguishing sign is his employment of the phrase "aspect prominent" to descr . . . (more)


Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew

Edited by Cynthia L. Miller-Naude and Ziony Zevit
Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic - LSAWS 8
Eisenbrauns, 2012. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9781575062532

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Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew is an indispensable publication for biblical scholars, whose interpretations of scriptures must engage the dates when texts were first composed and recorded, and for scholars of language, who will want to read these essays for the latest perspectives on the historical development of Biblical Hebrew. For Hebraists and linguists interested in the historical development of the Hebrew language, it is an essential collection of studies that address the language's development during the Iron Age (in its . . . (more)


The Syntax of Volitives in Biblical Hebrew and Amarna Canaanite Prose The Syntax of Volitives in Biblical Hebrew and Amarna Canaanite Prose

by Hélène Dallaire
Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic - LSAWS 9
Eisenbrauns, 2014. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9781575063072

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During the past century, numerous books and articles have appeared on the verbal system of Semitic languages. Thanks to the discovery of Ugaritic texts, Akkadian tablets, Canaanite letters found at Tell el-Amarna in Egypt, Hebrew and Aramaic inscriptions, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, our understanding of the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the Semitic languages has increased substantially. Dallaire focuses primarily on prose texts in Biblical Hebrew and Amarna Canaanite in which the verbal system (morphemes, syntax) expresses nuances . . . (more)


The Relative Clause in Biblical Hebrew The Relative Clause in Biblical Hebrew

by Robert D. Holmstedt
Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic - LSAWS 10
Eisenbrauns, 2016. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9781575064192

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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)


Language Change in the Wake of Empire Language Change in the Wake of Empire
Syriac in Its Greco-Roman Context

by Aaron Michael Butts
Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic - LSAWS 11
Eisenbrauns, 2016. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9781575064215

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It is well documented that one of the primary catalysts of intense language contact is the expansion of empire. This is true not only of recent history, but it is equally applicable to the more remote past. An exemplary case (or better: cases) of this involves Aramaic. Due to the expansions of empires, Aramaic has throughout its long history been in contact with a variety of languages, including Akkadian, Greek, Arabic, and various dialects of Iranian. This books focuses on one particular episode in the long history of Aramaic language . . . (more)


Advances in Biblical Hebrew Linguistics Advances in Biblical Hebrew Linguistics
Data, Methods, and Analyses

Edited by Adina Moshavi and Tania Notarius
Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic - LSAWS 12
Eisenbrauns, Forthcoming, June 2017. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9781575064819.

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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)