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Languages from the world of the Bible / edited by Holger Gzella.

Gzella, Holger, 1974- (Added Author).
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Subject: Bible. Old Testament > Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. New Testament > Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Middle Eastern philology.
Semitic philology.
Middle Eastern literature > Relation to the Old Testament.
Middle Eastern literature > Relation to the New Testament.
Middle East > Languages > Grammar, Comparative.

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  • ISBN: 9781934078631
  • ISBN: 1934078638
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 256 pages) : maps
  • Publisher: Boston : De Gruyter, 2012.

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Formatted Contents Note: Preface -- On Transcription -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- The Alphabet -- Ugaritic -- Phoenician -- Ancient Hebrew -- The Languages of Transjordan -- Old and Imperial Aramaic -- Old South Arabian -- Old Persian -- Greek -- West Semitic and Greek letterforms -- Maps -- Index.
Summary: The alphabetic script is part of the lasting heritage of the ancient Near East. It unites a number of newly-emerging civilizations in ancient Syria-Palestine, which together constitute the immediate background of the Hebrew Bible. Transformed by the impact of Hellenism, they also shaped the social-historical and cultural setting of the New Testament. This work presents fresh and concise yet thorough overviews of the relevant languages and their interaction. They are informed by the most recent scholarship and share a clear historical framework.

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