The Nominal Clause in the Hebrew Legal Documents and Letters from the Judean Desert

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The article presents and classifies the nominal clause patterns attested in the Hebrew legal documents and letters from the Judean desert dating to the first and second revolts and examines their connections to other phases of the Hebrew language. Though scarce in number, these nominal clauses still disclose the following basic properties: (1) their patterns are bipartite only, basically consisting of subject and predicate without additional personal pronoun, and (2) the majority display subject-predicate word order. An examination of these patterns by syntactic conditioning and context, and their comparison to biblical, Qumranic, and tannaitic nominal clause patterns, shows that they bear the greatest resemblance to tannaitic Hebrew.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHebrew of the Late Second Temple Period
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a Sixt International Symposium on the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ben Sira
EditorsPierre Van Hecke, Eibert Tigchelaar
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789004291010
ISBN (Print)9789004291010
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameStudies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Linguistics and Language

RAMBI publications

  • rambi
  • Dead Sea scrolls -- Language, style
  • Hebrew language, Post-Biblical -- Nominals
  • Jewish law -- Language


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