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Bibil Identifier bibil:237782
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) A Biblical Aramaic Pastiche from the Cairo Geniza
Author Smelik, Willem
Journal Aramaic Studies (Volume: 9, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 325-339 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Two fragments in the Cambridge Genizah Collections preserve an odd specimen of Aramaic liturgical poetry in two copies. The poem is a pastiche from Biblical Aramaic phrases, recycled with occasional later Aramaic or Hebrew supplements and supplemented with Biblical Hebrew citations. The biblical lexemes were lifted out of their original co-text and rearranged as an acrostic. The poem celebrates the reconstruction of the Temple and the city walls in the face of fierce opposition, a theme markedly enriched with eschatological motifs. It is quite difficult to date this specimen of mixed Aramaic poetry, but the dialect admixture and some dialect features suggest a relative date in the last quarter of the second millennium CE.
DOI 10.1163/147783511X619881
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Cairo Genizah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Languages / Epigraphy : Semitic Languages : North-West Semitic : Aramaic : Ancient Aramaic : Biblical Aramaic
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