This volume, which constitutes the third in the series Jewish Research Literature, is divided into two parts. Part One offers detailed descriptions of the various Judaic dictionaries with biographical information on their compilers, beginning with Rav Saadiah Gaon's early tenth-century Egron and concluding with modern dictionaries compiled in recent years. Bibliographical lists and summaries, arranged chronologically according to date of publication, supplement the text. The narrative is written in nontechnical style, but technical information appears in the footnotes. Part Two, which deals with concordances, citation collections, proverbs, and folk sayings, will appear separately.
A Handbook for Biblical Hebrew and Related Languages
Author: Steven L. McKenzie
This book presents introductions and overviews of the following languages that are significant for the study of the Hebrew Bible: Biblical and inscriptional Hebrew; Akkadian; Northwest Semitic dialects (Ammonite, Edomite, and Moabite); Arabic; Aramaic; Egyptian; Hittite; Phoenician; Post-biblical Hebrew; and Ugaritic. Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org).
Hebrew as a language is just over 3,000 years old, and the story of its alphabet is unique among the languages of the world. Hebrew set the stage for almost every modern alphabet, and was arguably the first written language simple enough for everyone, not just scribes, to learn, making it possible to make a written record available to the masses for the first time. Written language has existed for so many years—since around 3500 BCE—that most of us take it for granted. But as Hoffman reveals in this entertaining and informative work, even the idea that speech can be divided into units called “words” and that these words can be represented with marks on a page, had to be discovered. As Hoffman points out, almost every modern system of writing descends from Hebrew; by studying the history of this language, we can learn a good deal about how we express ourselves today. Hoffman follows and decodes the adventure that is the history of Hebrew, illuminating how the written record has survived, the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and ancient translations, and attempts to determine how the language actually sounded. He places these developments into a historical context, and shows their continuing impact on the modern world. This sweeping history traces Hebrew's development as one of the first languages to make use of vowels. Hoffman also covers the dramatic story of the rebirth of Hebrew as a modern, spoken language. Packed with lively information about language and linguistics and history, In the Beginning is essential reading for both newcomers and scholars interested in learning more about Hebrew and languages in general.
A recipient of the Outstanding Reference Award from the Association of Jewish Librarians in its earlier edition, this updated edition of "Judaica Reference Sources" maintains its editorial excellence while revising and expanding coverage for the new century. Virtually every aspect of Jewish life, knowledge, history, culture, religion, and contemporary issues is covered in this annotated, bibliographic guide. A critical collection development tool for college, university, public school, and synagogue libraries, "Judaica Reference Sources" provides entries for over 1,000 reference works, as well as a selective list of related Web sites, in English, French, German, Yiddish, and Hebrew. Works published since 1970 are emphasized. Unique in providing expert guidance to Judaica material for the librarian, the layperson, the student, and the researcher, this reference guide is a versatile tool that will fulfill your every need for Judaica material.
Early Judaeo-Persian and the Emergence of New Persian : Collected Papers of the Symposium, Göttingen 1999
Author: Ludwig Paul
Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
D. Durkin-Meisterernst, Late Features in Middle Persian Texts from Turfan, T.E. Gindin, The Tafs-r of Ezekiel: Four Copyists or Four Authors?, J. Gippert, Early New Persian as a Medium of Spreading Islam, E.M. Jeremias, The Formation of Early New Persian Poetry, A. de Jong, Pa-zand and "retranscribed" Pahlavi: On the Philology and History of Late Zoroastrian Literature, J. Josephson, Nominal Sentences and Copula in Middle and Early New Persian, G. Lazard, Du pehlevi au persan: diachronie ou diatopie?, D.N. MacKenzie, The Missing Link, M. Maggi, New Persian Glosses in East Syriac Texts of the Eighth to Tenth Centuries, P. Orsatti, SyroPersian Formulas in Poetic Form in Baptism Liturgy, L. Paul, Early JudaeoPersian in a Historical Perspective: The Case of the Prepositions be, u, pa(d), and the Suffix ra, S. Shaked, Early JudaeoPersian Texts. With Notes on a Commentary to Genesis, D. Shapira, JudaeoPersian Translations of Old Persian Lexica: A Case of Linguistic Discontinuity, W. Sundermann, Ein manichaischer Lehrtext in neupersischer Sprache, D. Weber, Die PahlaviOstraca von Ca-l Tarxa-nE'qabad
A Guide to World Language Dictionaries covers 276 languages with a written literature. Organized in alphabetical order by language, the Guide appraises the main dictionaries, assessing the special value of each, its strengths and weaknesses, and how different dictionaries complement one another. Dictionaries of slang, colloquialisms, and dialects are also assessed.