By Aaron Hornkohl
In historical Hebrew Periodization and the Language of the publication of Jeremiah, Aaron Hornkohl defends the diachronic method of Biblical Hebrew and the linguistic courting of biblical texts. utilising the traditional methodologies to the Masoretic model of the biblical publication of Jeremiah, he seeks up to now the paintings at the foundation of its linguistic profile, selecting that, even though composite, Jeremiah is probably going a fabricated from the transitional time among the 1st and moment Temple Periods.
Hornkohl additionally contributes to unraveling Jeremiah’s complex literary improvement, arguing at the foundation of language that its 'short edition', as mirrored within the book’s outdated Greek translation, predates that 'supplementary fabric' preserved within the Masoretic version yet remarkable within the Greek. however, he concludes that nor is written in overdue Biblical Hebrew right.
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Morphology and syntax, was evidently much more challenging. With this in mind, it seems likely that statistical presentations can provide a helpful picture only in the case of commonly occurring phenomena, but not necessarily in the case of the odd classical or post-classical lexeme or even a concentration of individual lexemes. These observations do not negate the value of statistical measurement when it comes to the diachronic approach to BH and the linguistic dating of biblical texts, but they do demonstrate the danger of an overly simplistic statistical method.
How can one justify dependence on the MT in the face of the existence of so many other—and different—textual traditions? The question is not without merit. On the one hand, it can be claimed that in view of such a complex textual situation, it is virtually impossible to know anything with certainty. On the other hand, most of the ancient witnesses agree on most of the biblical text. Further, with specific regard to the Masoretic textual tradition, a number of biblical scrolls from among the DSS, the texts of which are either very similar or identical to that of the MT, demonstrate the antiquity of the tradition reflected in the latter, which, after all, was the one adopted by mainstream Judaism as its official text.
On the issue of the preposition ‘ ִמןfrom’ with assimilated or unassimilated nun (I 348– 349, based, inter alia, on Young 2001: 123) their statistics for MT Song, where the classical form with assimilated nun dominates, and 4QCantb, where the majority of the forms have the more typically post-classical form with unassimilated nun, are consummate with the standard diachronic approach. ” Their discussion of the “Decrease of הof Direction” (I 350–351), which focuses on MT and DSS Samuel, succeeds in illustrating (a) the difficulties presented to the diachronic approach by linguistic differences between manuscripts, which seem especially severe in the case of Samuel, (b) that late editors and scribes modified the language of texts, and (c) that late scribes could make proper use of classical features.