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Classicism: Biblical Hebrew
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The vocabulary and grammar of Biblical Hebrew are remarkably constant, especially when one considers that the biblical texts must have come into being over a period of at least five-hundred (and possibly as much as one-thousand) years. To some extent, this constancy may reflect the fact that languages change slowly. But in the case of Biblical Hebrew there is an additional factor as well: after the Babylonian exile, when large parts of what was to become the biblical corpus had acquired a measur…

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Joosten, Jan, “Classicism: Biblical Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 07 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000418>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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