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Bibil Identifier bibil:203610
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Is the Prose Tale of Job in Late Biblical Hebrew?
Author Young, Ian
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 59, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 606-629 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract An influential article published in 1974 by Avi Hurvitz argues that the language of the Prose Tale of Job (Job 1:1-2:13; 42:7-17) is incompatible with a date prior to the exile. Hurvitz's suggested Late Biblical Hebrew (LBH) linguistic forms are examined, and while some forms are rejected, Hurvitz's judgement that the Prose Tale contains LBH linguistic elements is found to be correct. However, these do not occur in a sufficient accumulation for the text to be considered LBH according to Hurvitz's own methodology, but rather the accumulation is consistent with a classification as Early Biblical Hebrew (EBH). This conclusion has no chronological implications, however, since EBH and LBH represent not two chronological phases but co-existing styles of Hebrew in the post-exilic and quite possibly pre-exilic periods.
DOI 10.1163/004249309X12493729132673
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Hebrew : History of the Language
Pericopes Job 1,1-2,13
Job 42,7-42,17
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