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Bibil Identifier bibil:209237
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) On Some Non-Standard Spellings in the Aramaic Magic Bowls and Their Linguistic Significance
Author Morgenstern, Matthew
Journal Journal of Semitic Studies (Volume: 52, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2007
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2007
Year (Copyright) 2007
Year (Reference) 2007
Language English
Pages 245-277 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In the Jewish Babylonian Aramaic magic bowls we occasionally find spellings that stray from the linguistic standard employed in these texts. It is argued that in many cases these can be explained as phonetic spellings that reflect aspects of the Aramaic spoken by the scribes. Support for this contention may be found in the better manuscripts of Babylonian Rabbinic literature, wherein such spellings are more frequently employed. It is argued that the corrections of these forms in the magic bowls towards the historical spelling indicates the existence of a literary language in which at least some scribes aspired to write, not always successfully. Since these non-standard spellings provide rare evidence for the nature of the Aramaic spoken by these native scribes, and occasionally provide ‘missing links’ of the history of Aramaic, the modern editors of the magic bowls must be wary of unnecessarily emending the texts they publish.
DOI 10.1093/jss/fgm004
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Languages / Epigraphy : Semitic Languages : North-West Semitic : Aramaic : Ancient Aramaic
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