In the Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language

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Appendix B

Further Reading

The number of things I know nothing about
is increasing at an alarming rate.

The purpose of this “Further Reading” section is twofold: to substantiate some of the material presented in this book and to direct readers to sources of more information on what they have found here.

In terms of the former goal, this section serves the same general purpose as academic footnotes. Readers who want more details than space permits in this book will find references here to the original work on which much of this book is based, as well as references to divergent opinions. I present these with only minor commentary, in the hope that curious readers will investigate the various discussions in the literature and then draw their own conclusions.

In terms of the second goal, I have tried to give the reader an indication of what I have found valuable. Those who have enjoyed this book will probably enjoy my recommendations, and those who have not will at least have a list here of other material to be avoided.

The first section (“General”) lists some books that broadly complement or expand upon the overall theme of this book, and fulfill one or both of the goals of this reading list. More detailed lists corresponding to each chapter of this book follow, where the reader will find material in support of (and sometimes in opposition to) the information in each chapter, as well as suggestions for where to look for material that expands on the content I've presented.

Happy reading.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Tables xi
  • List of Figures xiii
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Part I - Getting Started 1
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction 3
  • Chapter 2 - Rules of the Game 7
  • Part II - Antiquity 13
  • Chapter 3 - Writing 15
  • Chapter 4 - Magic Letters and the Name of God 39
  • Chapter 5 - The Masoretes 49
  • Chapter 6 - Pronunciation 81
  • Part III - Moving On 119
  • Chapter 7 - The Dead Sea Scrolls 121
  • Chapter 8 - Dialects in the Bible 149
  • Chapter 9 - Post-Biblical Hebrew 165
  • Part IV - Now 185
  • Chapter 10 - Modern Hebrew 187
  • Chapter 11 - Keep Your Voice from Weeping 211
  • Part V - Appendices 215
  • Appendix A - More About the Rules of the Game 217
  • Appendix B - Further Reading 229
  • Bibliography 245
  • Index 251
  • About the Author 263
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