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How Old Is the Hebrew Bible?: A Linguistic, Textual, and Historical Study
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Ronald Hendel Jan Joosten
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How Old Is the Hebrew Bible?: A Linguistic, Textual, and Historical Study

Ronald Hendel Jan Joosten


Yale University

Historical & comparative linguistics;
Religion & beliefs;
History of religion;
Christian institutions & organisations


240 pages

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From two expert scholars comes a comprehensive study of the dating of the Hebrew Bible The age of the Hebrew Bible is a topic that has sparked controversy and debate in recent years. The scarcity of clear evidence allows for the possibility of many views, though these are often clouded by theological and political biases. This impressive, broad-ranging book synthesizes recent linguistic, textual, and historical research to clarify the history of biblical literature, from its oldest texts and literary layers to its youngest. In clear, concise language, the authors provide a comprehensive overview that cuts across scholarly specialties to create a new standard for the historical study of the Bible. This much-needed work paves the path forward to dating the Hebrew Bible and understanding crucial aspects of its historical and contemporary significance.

By:   Ronald Hendel, Jan Joosten
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   499g
ISBN:   9780300234886
ISBN 10:   0300234880
Series:   The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Ronald Hendel is the Norma and Sam Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and general editor of The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition.Jan Joosten is Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Oxford and editor-in-chief of Vetus Testamentum.

An impressive work in its scope and erudition, this will be a major contribution to the study of biblical literature and the history of the Hebrew language. --William M. Schniedewind, author of A Social History of Hebrew Dating biblical texts, which has become contentious recently, is finally defended cogently and coherently, with a careful and even-handed tone. This book is a major methodological contribution, which should be required reading for any biblical philologist. --Na'ama Pat-El, The University of Texas at Austin In this full-scale and comprehensive treatment, two experts of the Hebrew Bible demonstrate conclusively the validity of applying historical linguistics to the relative dating of Biblical Hebrew texts. This book has long been a desideratum. --Steven E. Fassberg, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem An engaging, nuanced, and candid inquiry into Biblical Hebrew 'chronolects' and an array of other issues surrounding biblical textual criticism and history, this is an important book. -- W. Randall Garr, University of California, Santa Barbara

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