Hebrew Study from Ezra to Ben-Yehuda

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William Horbury
A&C Black, 1999 M01 1 - 337 pages
The study of the Hebrew language has been a major preoccupation of many Jews and non-Jews since ancient times. This book fully illuminates this fascinating history.

Substantial sections of the book deal with the Second Temple period, when Hebrew was cultivated alongside the Aramaic and Greek vernaculars; the Roman empire; the medieval period, with special attention to the Karaite Jews and their characteristic Hebrew, the Renaissance and early modern period, including the efflorescence of Christian Hebrew study in Italy and northern Europe; and the revival of Hebrew in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Europe, in Palestine under the British mandate, and in modern Israel.

Experts in various periods collaborate to make this book a valuable introduction to an area lacking a comprehensive survey.

--Wido Van Peursen, Bibliotheca Orientalis LVII No.5/6 (September-December 2000)

"To find in one volume such a large sample of distinguished British scholars writing on a rather forgotten topic is doubtless a brilliant display of the state of scholarship on Jewish Studies in the United Kingdom at the end of the century, and it creates in the reader a sense of optimism."
--Angel Saenz Badillos, Journal of Jewish Studies 52.1 (Spring 2001)>

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Contents

Introduction
1
Hebrew in Mandatary Palestine
10
Hebrew and its Study in the Persian Period
15
Hebrew Study in Ben Siras Beth Midrash
27
Hebrew and its Study at Qumran
38
The Ancestral Language of the Jews in 2 Maccabees
68
St Jerome and the Meaning of the HighPriestly
90
Hebrew and Aramaic in the Dialogue of Timothy
106
Christian Hebraists in Mediaeval
205
Alexander Neckams Knowledge of Hebrew
221
the Father of English
234
Some Points of Interest in SixteenthCentury
249
The Amsterdam Translation of the Mishnah
257
A H Lesser
271
A Jewish Usurper among Christian Hebraists?
279
the Experiences
293

The Hebrew Matthew and Hebrew Study
122
Hebrew Formulae and Names
135
A Thousand Years of Hebrew in Byzantium
147
The Knowledge of Hebrew among Early Karaites
165
The Karaite Tradition of Hebrew Grammatical Thought
186

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William Horbury is Professor of Jewish and Early Christian Studies, University of Cambridge, UK.

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