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Lexicography: Pre-Modern Period

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Author(s): Craig, Marie-Louise
1. Introduction Pre-modern Hebrew lexicography falls between medieval Jewish lexicography (Lexicography: Medieval Hebrew) (up to c. 1500 C.E.), which was influenced by contemporary Arabic linguistics and used context, comparisons with cognate Semitic languages, and rabbinic tradition to establish definitions, and modern Hebrew lexicography (from c. 1800), (Lexicography: Modern Hebrew) which began when modern comparative linguistic methods were first applied to the study of Hebrew. Historical perio…