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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

Milton Eng

The lexicography of the HB/OT can be summarized under three major historical periods. It begins in the early 10th century CE with Saadia Gaon (882–942), the father of Hebrew grammar and the greatest of the medieval Jewish grammarians. Then, beginning in the early 16th century with the influence of the Renaissance and Reformation, Christian Hebraists began appropriating and then distancing themselves from Jewish learning to establish the foundations for the Modern Period. Finally, the Modern Per…

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