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A Social History of Hebrew: Its Origins Through the Rabbinic Period

William M. Schniedewind


This book is the first major work treating the early history of Hebrew from a sociolinguistic perspective. It chronicles the relationship between language and society and emphasizes the distinction between Hebrew as a writing system and as a vernacular. It begins by tracing precursors known from the writing systems in Canaan during the second millennium BCE and concludes with the Jewish revolts of the first two centuries CE that resulted in the dispersion of the Jewish people and the end of Hebrew as a living language in the land. The book reveals the important role that Egyptian scribal pract ... More

Keywords: Hebrew, sociolinguistics, Jewish history, language, writing systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300176681
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300176681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William M. Schniedewind, author