By Jan Joosten, Jean-Sebastien Rey

This quantity includes 15 contributions offered at a symposium at the Hebrew of the useless Sea Scrolls & Ben Sira, held in Strasbourg on may well 29 and 30, 2006. The papers handle linguistic and philological matters.

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Among these deeds, according to v. 6a [B], is putting a seal on a bad woman, that is, locking her up so that she can cause no harm. 12 Y. Yadin, The Ben Sira Scroll from Masada (Jerusalem, 1965), 24. 13 J. Strugnell, “Notes and Queries on the Ben Sira Scroll from Masada”, Eretz Israel 9 (1969), 115. 14 E. Qimron, “Notes on the Reading”, Masada VI (1989), 228–229. 15 Other examples of feminine adjectives of pattern qittel include ʀɴɲɦ, ʀɴɩɨ (both only in the Babylonian Talmud) and ʀɿɾɭ. On this pattern, see I.

Bar-Asher, “Conjugations,” 124. AMORAIC HEBREW 27 of this dialect. 37 Even if we adhere to the conventional view that Amoraic Hebrew was mainly a literary language, our Àndings indicate that in any case many linguistic changes and innovations did in fact take place. ———— 37 Unless we maintain, with Breuer, that linguistic changes and processes can take place in a dead language as well; or, in his words: “…if we assume that Amoraic Hebrew was not a spoken language, we must conclude that written non-spoken languages can develop” (Breuer, “The Hebrew of the Amoraim,” 149).

In some cases, there is no active verbal form involved. 28 In the likewise halakhic 4QTohorot (4Q274–278) the style is totally different. The author has no addressee in mind. The text is, consequently, ———— 25 In addition to the passages adduced above, see B 77–78: ʦʰʨʲʹ ʤʩʧʩ [ʠʥʬʹ ʡʥʺʫ] ‘it is written that it may not be of mixed stuff’; C 6: ʠʩʡʺ ʠ[ʥʬʹ ... ʡ]ʥʺʫ ‘it is written…that you must not bring’; C 8–9: ʠʶʮ[ʩ ʠʥʬʹ ʭʩʲʣʥ]ʩ ʭʺʠ ‘and you know that no (deceit) may be found’; C 12: [ʸʥʱʺ]ʹ ʡʥʺʫ ʳʠ ‘it is even written that you will turn away’; C 17: ʥʠʥʡʩʹ ...

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