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Greek Loanwords in Hebrew and Aramaic
(1,182 words)


Several thousand Greek loanwords are found in the rabbinic literature of the Roman and Byzantine periods, written in Hebrew and Aramaic. Although the vast majority pertain to material rather than spiritual culture, they are not restricted to any particular semantic domain and comprise words from all word classes, including verbs and adverbs. Latin loanwords are borrowed through Greek. They refer almost exclusively to civil and military administration and are restricted to nouns.

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Mark Janse, “Greek Loanwords in Hebrew and Aramaic”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 23 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000471>
First published online: 2013

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