Original Research - Special Collection: Qumran Texts

The contribution of Qumran to historical Hebrew linguistics: Evidence from the syntax of participial negation

Jacobus A. Naudé, Cynthia L. Miller-Naudé
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a3150 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3150 | © 2016 Jacobus A. Naudé, Cynthia L. Miller-Naudé | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 August 2015 | Published: 24 June 2016

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Jacobus A. Naudé, Department of Hebrew, University of the Free State, South Africa
Cynthia L. Miller-Naudé, Department of Hebrew, University of the Free State, South Africa


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Abstract

In this article we examine how Qumran Hebrew can contribute to our knowledge of historical Hebrew linguistics. The premise of this paper is that Qumran Hebrew reflects a distinct stage in the development of Hebrew which sets it apart from Biblical Hebrew. It is further assumed that these unique features are able to assist us to understand the nature of the development of Biblical Hebrew in a more precise way. Evidence from the syntax of participial negation at Qumran as opposed to Biblical Hebrew provides evidence for this claim.

Keywords: Qumran Hebrew; Biblical Hebrew; historical linguistics;l Dead Sea Scrolls


Keywords

Qumran Hebrew; Biblical Hebrew; historical linguistics;l Dead Sea Scrolls

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