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Title: Verbs and Numbers
Written By: A.J.C. Verhey
URL: http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=10&pid=29781
Series Title: Studia Semitica Neerlandica Vol 28
Description:

Unlike earlier investigations on the changes Biblical Hebrew underwent over the ages, this study does not attempt to draw a broad picture encompassing various kinds of linguistic phenomena. The work stresses the need for a well-founded statistical and form-oriented methodology for the description of historical linguistic change in the Hebrew Bible.

With the aid of computer techniques the book concentrates on one major aspect of Biblical Hebrew, viz. the verbal tense forms. It examines the absolute and relative frequencies of these data in the books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles in a comprehensive manner. In this way some of the established opinions concerning increase or decrease in the use of certain tense forms are confirmed, others contradicted, and new evidence is adduced.

In addition to the statistical analyses, Verbs & Numbers contains a complete inventory of the parallel passages where Chronicles has another tense form than the Vorlage. This makes it a valuable source of information for the interpretation of the book of Chronicles.

Publication Year: 1990
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Morphology
Subject Language(s): Hebrew, Ancient

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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9023225724
ISBN-13: 9789023225720
Pages: 146
Prices: Europe EURO 21.00
U.S. $ 31.00