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Linguistics and Biblical Studies

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Volume 16
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2018

Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Martin Prudký

The study of the biblical languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) has been part of Biblical Studies since ancient times. The Masoretes, some of the church fathers (e.g., Jerome), and Jewish medieval grammarians and commentators (e.g., Saadiah Gaon, ibn Ezra, Kimchi) showed a keen linguistic sense and made valuable comments on the terminology, morphology, and grammar of the biblical languages. Sometimes they even noticed analogies or contrasting features in other languages which could be consider…

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