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Samaritan Hebrew: Biblical
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1. Introduction

Samaritan Hebrew is known to us mainly through the Samaritan version of the Pentateuch. It reflects one of the Hebrew dialects that were in use in Palestine at the end of Second Temple period. As first pointed out by Z. Ben-Ḥayyim, it resembles Mishnaic Hebrew and the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls in several respects.

We do not know exactly when Samaritan Hebrew ceased to be a spoken language and was totally replaced by Aramaic. After H…

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Florentin, Moshe, “Samaritan Hebrew: Biblical”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000280>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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