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Bibil Identifier bibil:203845
Publication Type Journal article
Title (German, Long) Sprache und Identitätskonstruktion
Title (German, ) Das literarische Interesse von Neh 13,23-27 und die Funktion des Textes im wissenschaftlichen Diskurs
Author Thon, Johannes
Journal Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (Volume: 121, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language German
Pages 557-576 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Neh 13,23–27 offers an important clue (though of course it is in need of interpretation) for the much discussed question of the date from which Hebrew was no longer the first language of the Jews: was this after the Exile or only about A.D. 200? The Hebrew grammarians who gave classic expression to the former view wanted thereby to emphasize the distinction between biblical Hebrew as a standard language, which established the identity of the people, and later stages of the language. This article interprets Nehemiah's complaint about linguistic laxity in Judah as expressing a comparable standpoint: the passage evaluates the linguistic situation in Judah from the perspective of a literary language which had developed in the Golah and elevates the latter into a mark of identity. The vernacular(s), on the other hand, belonged both to the Jews and to their neighbours.
DOI DOI: 10.1515/ZAW.2009.037
Pericopes Nehemiah 13,23-13,27
Last modification 2010-04-21