A Programmatic Proposal for the Study of Biblical Hebrew as a Language

Linguistic and Philological Perspectives: Papers forming part of the 2017 and 2018 SBL Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew Seminar

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https://doi.org/10.25159/2663-6573/9103

Keywords:

Linguistics, Editorial Theory, New Philology, Biblical Hebrew, Complexity Theory, Biblical Studies

Abstract

The way in which the academic study of Biblical Hebrew as a language should be conducted is contested. In light of the current debate and the engagement in this question of some of the articles in this issue (viz. Naudé & Miller-Naudé, Holmstedt, Robar, Hardy, Ehrensvärd, Rezetko, and Young, and Noonan), we provide in this article a summary of the status of the debate and a programmatic proposal for the academic study of Biblical Hebrew as a language to move the debate forward. We argue that considering the study of Biblical Hebrew as a language from the vantage point of Complexity Theory is a fruitful approach. Biblical Hebrew as a language can then be analysed as a complex phenomenon whose component systems display interconnectedness, dynamism and emergence.

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Author Biography

Jacobus A. Naudé, University of the Free State, South Africa

Senior Professor, Department of Hebrew, University of the Free State

Published

2021-03-04

How to Cite

Miller-Naudé , Cynthia L., and Jacobus A. Naudé. 2021. “A Programmatic Proposal for the Study of Biblical Hebrew As a Language: Linguistic and Philological Perspectives: Papers Forming Part of the 2017 and 2018 SBL Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew Seminar”. Journal for Semitics 29 (2):29 pages. https://doi.org/10.25159/2663-6573/9103.

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Received 2021-02-15
Accepted 2021-02-20
Published 2021-03-04