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Biblical Hebrew: Pronunciation Traditions
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Hebrew is generally thought to have ceased to be a spoken vernacular around the beginning of the 3rd century C.E. This coincides with the end of the Tannaitic period in rabbinic tradition. The surviving Hebrew texts that are datable to before this date would, therefore, have been written when Hebrew was still spoken. This includes the books of the Hebrew Bible, Qumran literature, Tannaitic rabbinic literature, documents, and epigraphy. There are references to the use of Hebrew as a vernacular in…

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Khan, Geoffrey, “Biblical Hebrew: Pronunciation Traditions”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_SIM_000576>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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