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Bibil Identifier bibil:213588
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Hebrew and Aramaic as Languages of the Zohar
Author Liebes, Yehudah
Journal Aramaic Studies (Volume: 4, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2006
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2006
Year (Copyright) 2006
Year (Reference) 2006
Language English
Pages 35-52 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Apart from a few Hebrew sections, most of the Zohar is written in a unique language: an idiosyncratic Aramaic that cannot be classified within the standard division of Aramaic dialects and which was never a spoken language. On these grounds the scholarly literature has labelled it 'artificial'. The present article challenges this label, arguing that the Aramaic of the Zohar is completely natural. Aramaic was traditionally used for mystical purposes, and the Zohar's preference for this language as the best vehicle for advancing its own mystical purpose has been vindicated by the work's quality and lasting effect.
DOI 10.1177/1477835106066034
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Other Texts (anonymous) : Zohar
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Languages / Epigraphy : Semitic Languages : North-West Semitic : Canaanites Languages : Hebrew (see OT - Hebrew)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Languages / Epigraphy : Semitic Languages : North-West Semitic : Aramaic
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