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Bibil Identifier bibil:213586
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Late Aramaic
Title (English, ) The Literary and Linguistic Context of the Zohar
Author Rapoport-Albert, Ada
Author Kwasman, Theodore
Journal Aramaic Studies (Volume: 4, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2006
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2006
Year (Copyright) 2006
Year (Reference) 2006
Language English
Pages 5-19 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article introduces a new research project focusing on the Aramaic language of the Zohar—the most influential work in the literary canon of the Jewish mystical tradition. The Zohar is generally assumed by scholars to have been written in Spain during the final decades of the thirteenth century, although traditional kabbalists and Orthodox Jews believe that it was authored by its main protagonist, Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai, in second-century Palestine. While not disputing the late medieval provenance of the work, this article challenges the standard scholarly opinion whereby the Aramaic in which it was written was an artificially manufactured idiom, drawing its vocabulary, grammar and syntax indiscriminately from a variety of 'genuine' Aramaic sources. Part I of this study demonstrates that some of the most distinctive 'flaws' of zoharic Aramaic are attested in a wide range of much earlier Aramaic sources. Part II, which will be published separately, as a sequel, concerns the related question of the Palestinian setting of the Zohar.
DOI 10.1177/1477835106066032
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Languages / Epigraphy : Semitic Languages : North-West Semitic : Aramaic : Late Aramaic
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Other Texts (anonymous) : Zohar
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